Autumn Ridge

This fall’s turning leaves caught my eye even more than most years and inspiration seemed to be everywhere. You could almost call this painting mixed media because I used watercolor, gouache and surfboard wax. WHAT? Yep, wax.

I under painted all the area below the sky with rich yellow, orange and red hues and once dry I ticked on a bunch of individual shapes with the wax over those bright colors thereby creating a “resist”. Because I mix my greens from those warm pigments (with blues and grays added to turn them green) I turned the background dark by painting those over the top of them. The areas where the wax was applied didn’t take any color thus leaving (sorry) the original hues to represent the random leaves within a sea of green. In the end I added a bit of Holbein Gold pigment in places to give it the look of sparkling wet foliage.


Original Framed Watercolor  18” x 16” – Image 10” x 8” – SOLD – All Rights Reserved