Even more about leading the eye around an aspen tree painting!

"Two Tall Tales" Plein Air Watercolor  11x8"
“Two Tall Tales”
Plein Air Watercolor 11×8″

In this watercolor, pharm I have a very strong lead-in of the log on the lower right. It leads you to the main aspen on the left, and there is no subtleness or misunderstanding about it! I used the small pine tree in the distance between the two trees to hopefully lead you back to the right with its foliage connecting to the aspen tree on the right. This allows the viewer to go back down the right aspen, back to the log, and back up to the main aspen on the left. I painted this on the Gem Lake trail in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Breaking the rules a little
Breaking the rules a little

I purposely “broke the rules” in the watercolor by having the log coming in right from the corner. I wanted to make a strong statement on this one. However, I was mindful that the portion of the log from the corner to the left of the corner was a larger measurement than the portion of the log from the corner to the upper right. In other words, if you make something come in or out of the corner of a painting, make sure the two distances on either side of the corner are not the same!

How do I add color to a green and yellow aspen painting?


"Aspens and Purple Wildflowers"  watercolor  10x8"
“Aspens and Purple Wildflowers” watercolor 10×8″

Most of the time in any landscape, we face a lot of greens, and, in this case, yellows and yellow-greens also. Adding a touch of violet or red-violet is the compliment of yellow and yellow-greens and does wonders for a landscape of mostly greens!

How to plan leading the eye around the painting
How to add another color to an otherwise green aspen painting 

I added the purple wildflowers to add the complimentary color to all the yellows and yellow-greens. I tried to add them in a pattern that would lead back to the log, then to the aspens. After that, I wet the paper and added them wet-into-wet so that they would be soft and not lead the viewer anywhere.  I hope it worked – the log to the aspens, down to the yellow and back to the log in a kind of circular, or  C composition. Any feedback on this – feel free to email me at cecy@cecyturner.com and I have very tough skin, so you won’t make me feel bad, I promise!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post! Sorry it’s been so long – I’ve had a lot going on, and will try to do better on a weekly post.