Thursday, July 4, 2013

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Excelsior Geyser

Excelsior Geyser
Yellowstone National Park

Happy Independence Day!
To celebrate the birth of my country, I decided to put up another Yellowstone painting.
Yellowstone National Park was not only the first place in the US to be preserved and recognized as a national park, it is the first one in the world.
Yellowstone was recognized by Congress in 1872 with the help of a watercolorist, Thomas Moran.
Moran journeyed to the region just to capture the place in paint.
These paintings were then presented to Congress to convince them that all the stories of the natural wonders were real.  It obviously worked.
For that is the power of art.


Anonymous said...

Gorgeous painting!!! How did you achieve the result of splashing water?

Sadami said...

Happy Independence Day to you! Thank u for sharing the beautiful work and wonderful info on Moran. His work is absolutely brillant. I'll study them. Hope your master degree will go well.
Best wishes, Sadami

Studio at the Farm said...

What a great rendering of the geyser!!! ANd thank you for that information about Yellowstone and Thomas Moran. I didn't know he painted images of the park.

Leslie Redhead Watercolors said...

Thanks Petra! I am glad you like the water. I did so by first painting a light color, then masking it out in wave like pattern. Once masked, I painted more wave like patterns around it. When I pulled up the masking fluid, I had the result I wanted!

Leslie Redhead Watercolors said...

Thank you Sadami and Kathryn:) Moran is wonderful and very inspiring.

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