Cliffs in Watercolor

This is a painting I did back in the fall. First, as I almost always do, I made a rough sketch on watercolor paper using a photograph for reference. The next day, I painted most of the picture, then finished it off on day three.

Day one: rough sketch of cliffs
Day two: the bulk of the painting
Day three: adding details

A landscape, by far, is my favorite subject to paint. Anything in the natural world, from fog-topped cliffs like these, to a small wildflower, has the power to catch my eye. When out and about, I always have my iPhone in my pocket to take a pic of whatever I find interesting. One never knows what might inspire a painting.

©️2022 July Day


Images my own.

14 thoughts on “Cliffs in Watercolor”

  1. You are sooooooo talented! I wish I could paint. It’s so cool to see and hear your process. Everywhere I go, I always dip into an art gallery. But the artists are nowhere to be found… So it’s nice to know one personally. I always enjoy the details of process.

    I’m hoping one day you will paint a field of children sledding or maybe a church with glowing windows at night. There is something strangely comforting about both of those scenes for me.

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    1. I still have a long way to go before I would consider myself an artist, but I enjoy the process. I can get lost in it, even more so than writing. You could paint. All it takes is learning the basics and practicing—like any other craft. I took quite a few online classes to get to where I am.
      I like the idea of a church at night…maybe someday.

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      1. Well Julydase, you are right on track enjoying the process.

        Lowering oneself to a definition, “a painter” is cutting oneself off from a HUGE cosmic connection!

        Tubularsock agrees that the learning process is a necessary process BUT having the nerve to take a brush, pen, or spatula and apply your interpretation is what MAKES ART!

        And may Tubularsock just say, you are very talented at the process.

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      2. Thank you, Tubularsock (I wonder if there’s a story behind that name. 😊) I appreciate your words of encouragement. It’s hard to judge one’s own creative work. I read somewhere that we are our own worst critic, and I know that’s true for me.
        July

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  2. In truth July, there is NO GOOD or BAD. There is ONLY “IT IS”.

    The judgement comes from comparing where in truth only “IT IS” exists.

    Judgement and comparison are just mind games we have been trained to play. It is opinion not truth.

    The sum total of EVERYTHING is how does it make you feel as you are doing as well as standing in completion …… if anything is every completed in an expanding universe.

    And for those viewing your work, “How does it make them feel”? And the fun part is that you have absolutely no control over that. It’s like a surprise that YOU have created.

    Now how fun is that.

    So continue on your quest.

    But bottom line because Tubularsock is just full of opinion …….. Tubularsock likes your full body of work. The writing, poetry, and painting. And you are excellent at it. (sure it’s an opinion!)

    AND there is a story behind Tubularsock’s name but it is not as interesting as what is conjured up by other’s minds. So as they say, “Let a sleeping Tubularsock lie”. And so it will be.

    Keep up the good work and have fun!

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    1. Thank you…I’m glad you like my work. 😊 And I understand re people’s opinions—one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
      I will let a sleeping Tubularsock lie, but my curiosity has been piqued. I guess I’ll go to my grave wondering…sigh…

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  3. Ahhhhh, the truth be told is not THAT “grave”, yet only glitters in the moon light as our past footsteps upon the path illuminate the future.

    As Lot reminded his wife as they were leaving Sodom and Gomorrah “Don’t look back”.

    And thus the best approach in Tubularsock’s mind.

    Cheers.

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    1. Thank you, Sunra. 🙂 My weak point is people, but at this time, I don’t have an interest in attempting to paint them…I’m more into nature. But who knows what the future will bring?
      July

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    1. Thanks, Andrew.
      When I paint something, I take a picture after completing that day’s work. I like looking back on the steps I took to get there myself.

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