Saturday, April 14, 2012

Old Orchard

Old Orchard
watercolor on 140lb Kilimanjaro cp
7.5 x 9.5 inches
©Ann Thompson Nemcosky
 
More watercolor play. I am getting to the place where I feel I just might, maybe, have some control with this media. Just a bit, but not too much. There are still surprises. And oh, I do like that about painting with watercolor. The unexpected is what keeps me coming back to try again. 
 
This is a view from somewhere along the Blue Ridge Parkway, from another old photograph. The photo could be as much as 20 years old. It is part reference, part memory, and for the most part inspiration for invention. I believe this to be from a view along the Tanawha trail. Hiking out of the woods, onto an open hill side, with an old apple orchard in view. Unexpected and delightful at the same time.

22 comments:

Sue said...

Oh, I love it. Arresting color, pleasing composition, spot-on atmospheric perspective, watercolor effects--everything I admire in a painting. You're mastering this medium beautifully. I can only hope to some day achieve what you've achieved here.

Vicki Holdwick said...

Wonderful, Ann -

Such great colors.

I can't wait for the next one.

xoxo

Boud said...

I love the smallness of this painting! big is not better, and it's lovely to see the work of a person who gets that. thanks so much for this piece.

Jennifer Edwards said...

Breathtaking, Ann! I'm almost certain I have been in that exact spot! Lovely.

marancat said...

This is really lovely - you are so good with colour!

Debbie Nolan said...

Ann just love your colors. You certainly look to be gaining control of watercolor. It can be frustrating and magical all at the same time. Thanks for sharing.

Mary Walker Designs said...

Shame this is an apple orchard the field colors make me imagine a big juicy peach.

Betty said...

It's one of those pictures you want to walk into - I want to wander down there where the apples are and run through that sun drenched field!

kazumiwannabe said...

So beautiful! It has a dreamy quality that I often feel for real when I hike in the hills - I love it. You manage to obtain the same soft and subtle colors and lines with watercolor as you do with the pencils, it's awesome!

CrimsonLeaves said...

I think this is truly stunning, Ann. The colors are sensational and this is a piece that I would love to own. Dang the paydays that come too far and wide! LOL

Shirley said...

Love the number of colors you were able to mix in the ridges! Beautiful painting.

Jane said...

Love this watercolour, Ann - makes me want to walk right into it.
Jane

Melliott said...

This is beautiful--I love the variation in colors in the trees and hills, and you preserved your lights really well! Love the foreground flowers. Really nice.

Alex said...

Such a beautiful scene it's not possible not to fall in love to =) Well drawn!

Rebecca Stahr said...

I love the colors and composition. It has a really nice feeling to it.

Cathy Holtom said...

Beautiful!

Dan Kent said...

Stunning watercolor! Love the sparkling light on the trees and on the flowers. Great composition. You paid careful attention to the light here, with shadows and all. Blending of colors in the mountains.. what's not to like? I would be very proud of this one.

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

gorgeous :D lovely colours!

Ann said...

Thank you all! You made my day :-)

nanke's stuff said...

I'm still playing catch-up,but I have to say, I just love this painting! The colors, the light, and the composition are all wonderful! nancy

Timaree said...

Beautiful. I can't help but think this must be better than the photograph! It doesn't look like a perfect copy but a feeling of a place which is so much better than a frozen moment of real time.

Laura Moore said...

Ann I just love your work. I know I will learn a lot from you and your lovely blog.

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