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Oakridge Reservoir #4

Oakridge Reservoir #4 by Dawna Morton

Oakridge Reservoir #4 by Dawna Morton

Watercolor on Fabriano Uno 300 lb Rough 100% cotton paper, 7 1/2″ x 11″, 2001. Intellectual property of Dawna Morton. All rights reserved. Do not copy in any form.

Gnarly tree stump surrounded by weathered gray branches juxtaposed against a view of algae and rocks under the vibrant blue water of Oakridge Reservoir. Forested green Oregon mountains frame the hazy blue mountain ranges in the distance.

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This is one of a set of four small paintings I  did quite some time ago of  Oakridge Reservoir. At that point I was going for more of a photo realism than an impressionist feel. Originally, what drew me to paint this particular scene was the weather beaten stump and tangle of dead gray branches in the foreground. My favorite aspect now is the way the algae can be seen floating under the surface of the water where it is still shallow near the stump.

Although I had not yet studied composition, it does have good composition with the eye flowing easily from the stump, down through the tree branches  to the algae in the lower right hand corner, and then up through the pattern of darker waves in the water to the forested mountains in the uppermost right, continuing counter clockwise  across the more distant mountain ranges hazy and glowing yellow in the morning light to the tree covered hills on the left, and back down to wards the tree stump again through the shadowy reflection of one of the trees in the water.

Usually I like a very smooth watercolor paper because it does not give me any surprises in where the paint pools, but I think in this case the rough paper helped with the effect of the algae in the water. I experimented with the new paper because there  had been an ad in Artist Magazine to write and get some samples of  Fabriano Uno paper.  Up until that time I had been painting my watercolors all on regular sketch paper because all the watercolor paper I had seen in highschool had been extremely textured, which did not appeal to me. I definitely like the thicker watercolor paper. The higher the number of pounds, the better I like it. I still tend to go for a really smooth texture on the paper though… guess I’m still a bit of a control freak  😉

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birdhouse in the snow print
A rustic little snow covered wooden birdhouse hangs from a snow covered limb of a barren apple tree in tront of a snow covered forest in Rainier, Oregon on a cold December morning.
bird in a winter tree print

A bird ( perhaps a robin?) perches on a snow covered apple tree limb surveying the frozen apples hanging like ornaments on a Christmas tree in the December snowstorm.

Bird in a winter tree #2 print

A bird,  possibly an american robin,  perches on a snow covered apple tree snacking on frozen apples during December. Hanging from the tree like golden Christmas ornaments, the apples seem to frame the bird like a bowl or scoop.

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birdie T-ball in the snow print

Three fat little birds in the snow near the T-ball post… looks like the bases are loaded!

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Stargazer Lilies #20 print

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A bouquet of stargazer lilies glows in the afternoon sun, with translucent petals and leaves, while the  background disappears into the shadows in this softly focused photograph.

stargazer lilies #23, print

Focused black and white photo of an arrangement of pink and white speckled stargazer lilies. One unopened bud stands tall above the rest which bloom radiantly in an ethereal glow of afternoon sunlight.

stargazer lilies #31 print

Softly focused photograph of a vase of pink and white speckled stargazer lilies glowing gloriously radiant in the afternoon sun. These beautiful blooms stand out gorgeously against the dark background.

The soft focus in this photo of a vase of pink and white speckled stargazer lilies glowing brilliantly in the afternoon sun conveys a feeling of old fashioned romance and memories full of love and joy.

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Close up photo of a pink and white speckled stargazer lily on a black background. One large blossom basks in the glowing sunlight while another bloom hides subdued in the shadows beyond like an echo or a reflection.

Macro photograph of a pink and white stargazer lily on a black background. The stamen and pistol of this gorgeous flower rise upward as the petals unfurl in the radiant sunlight.

Photo of an arrangement of pink and white stargazer lilies glowing radiantly in the sunlight. the soft focus and dark background make one flower stand out dramatically above the rest.

A bit of lens flare and a soft focus lend an ethereal effect to this photo of a bouquet of pink and white speckled stargazer lilies shining radiantly in the afternoon sunlight.

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Close up photo of a stargazer lily. The pink and white speckled lily is surrounded by a softly focused background of purple irises in front of a mahogany piano.

Photograph of a bouquet of pink and white speckled stargazer lilies and purple irises sitting in a glass vase on a tan foreground in front of a mahogany piano.the dark mahogany of the piano in the background draws the eye in to the center lily in sharp focus juxtaposed against the softly focused background.

Close up photo of a pink and white speckled stargazer lily glowing in the sun, with several other softly focused ones beyond, set off by a dark warm toned background.

Delicate and glowing in the sunlight, this macro photo of a pink and white speckled stargazer lily is extravagantly beautiful. Details of this gorgeous flower are in sharp focus as the soft background lets this dramatic flower bask in the limelight of this elegant picture.

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My husband got me a beautiful bouquet of flowers this year for valentines day: stargazer lilies and purple irises. I took some pictures of them and had fun with the editing features in picassa3. A combination of softening the background, sharpening the foreground, adding a little extra glow, and in some cases also making it a focused black and white, or even bumping up the color saturation a little created some extraordinary effects. I really like how these turned out.

stargazer lilies #1 print
A clear glass vase of stargazer lilies on a light blond kitchen table. One pink and white speckled lily faces forward in sharp focus while the other blossoms recede softly into the muted background.
stargazer lilles #2 print

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A bunch of stargazer lilies and purple irises sets in a clear glass vase in front of a dark mahogany piano. One glowing pink and white speckled blossom stands out sharply against the softly focused background.

Focal black and white photo of a pink and white speckled stargazer lily in a clear glass vase.

A softly focused photo of a bouquet of stargazer lilies and purple irises arranged in front of a dark mahogany piano. two large pink and white speckled stargazer lilies form a diagonal arrangement in front of a softened background of purple irises fanned out across the back of an upright grand piano.

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I have often admired this steeple  as I am driving about Rainier, Oregon. It is truely beautiful as it is lit up glowing white in the sunlight. Around about december  I was on my way home and the sky was a hazy kind of blue, creating a lovely background  of muted colors in the forest and mountains.
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During December, after a snowfall, I went hiking down the hill towards Fox Creek to get some pictures of the snow covered forest. This one had a great ethereal feel to it at  thumbnail size, but it lost much of the effect when seen at full resolution. So I tried opening it up with Picassa3 and using several of the editing tools to adjust the lighting soften the edges and add a little glow to it.

A cold winters day hike through the snow towards Fox Creek in Rainier, Oregon reveals a pale blue winter sky seen through a stand of trees near the edge of a forest glade on the bottom of a sloping hill. Still attached to twigs and brambles autumn leaves appear golden in the sun like trail markers bordering a snowy path zig zagging across the hills an into the distance.

A digitally altered photo of a snowy sunlit forest glade covered in brambles at the bottom of a steep hill in picturesque Rainier, Oregon. The winter sky glows through the forest canopy in a golden haze of sunlit mist, causing the trees to fade off into the distance.

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