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Hudson Fellowship Day 19

Katerskill Lower Falls Color Sketch
9 x 12
oil on linen

We had a huge thunderstorm last night and as a result the falls were the highest and fastest I have seen them. Recently they'd slowed to almost a trickle in some places. I feel like this section of the falls has become my own studio. I've walked over every one of the rocks here many times now and I know several bends of the river pretty well. When hikers decide to wade in the pools and climb on the rocks, I feel like strangers have wandered into my studio and are touching my props.

Above: Block-in line drawing and first part of color wash.

Above: Thin color wash, consistency of watercolor.

Above: Refining blocks of color and shapes, adding details.

Above: Added details and adjusted colors and values.

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Reader Comments (3)

That is a process I am not familiar with but I think I could do well with that.
Thank you.
It's beautiful btw.

July 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGregory Becker

Thanks so much, Sadie, for posting step-by-step's... this one is my favorite so far... I'd hang it close to one of those table-top water fountains and stare at it for hours...

July 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCarolina

Hi Sadie,
Your work is beautiful and I see a real progression in the level of polish! What kind of brushes are you using, soft or bristles? Also what medium are you using when you are into the painting beyond the turp washes? Thanks.

July 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergrace
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