Sunday, January 24, 2010

Watercolor Landscape - Hayden Valley Winter

Hayden Valley Winter
Watercolor on Arches 140-lb CP paper
11" x 15" (28 x 38 cm)
©2010 Steve Penberthy

Some friends were telling me today about a vacation cabin in Montana that can be rented, and we started talking a little about perhaps going there in the summer. It made me think about Montana, specifically Montana in winter; I revisited a sketch I had done a couple of years ago of the Hayden Valley in Yellowstone, and painted it here as I imagined it might look in this cold time of year in the northern hemisphere.

I used a fairly limited palette on this one: ultramarine blue, perm. alizarin crimson, raw sienna, and burnt sienna. The greens for the trees were created from Payne's Gray mixed with New Gamboge (this makes a really nice earthy that works great for landscapes).

Hope you enjoy the painting!


Linda Hammelman said...

Lovely, vast grand space, captured and imparting a sense of serenity.

Steve Penberthy said...

-Linda: Thank you for the beautiful description; flattered.

Apple-Pine said...

great limited palette - all colors sing. And wonderful use of white!I especially like grass and it's shadows.

Ann said...

I do enjoy this painting very much! I love that elegant curving line leading into the composition.

Steve Penberthy said...

-Apple-Pine: Thank you so much! I intended the yellows of the raw & burnt sienna to act as complements to the violets of the mountains and shadows.

-Ann: Thank you very much for the comment! The line of grass was a compositional device I used to draw the eye into the painting. Glad to hear you like it!