Aspen Series Timelapse
Recently I completed a set of three aspen tree watercolors for a friend of mine. They were great fun to work on and for the first time, I recorded a time-lapse of my process (one photo ever 10 seconds) with the help of Darin. The time-lapse shows how I first sketch out the pieces, mask areas with brown packing tape, and add my layers of watercolor washes, textures, and darks. I worked on all three paintings at once, switching between compositions while the others dried.
Since these paintings are a set, I used related palette of color so they would resonate with each other. Each piece is painted predominately with Daniel Smith’s Pthalo Blue (red-shade), Hansa Yellow Medium, and Deep Scarlet. Each one has some additional colors mixed in, but the overall consistency of palette offers them greater harmony as a set.
The soundtrack to the time-lapse video is Maserati, “We Got the System to Fight the System” on their new Pyramid of the Sun album. When painting, I often lose myself in music and can listen to an album over and over. I learned about Maserati from my favorite radio station, KEXP, and the album was my primary painting soundtrack for the three days it took for me to complete these.
Enjoy and let me know what you think!
17 Responses to “Aspen Series Timelapse”
That is just astounding!
Wow, fantastic pics, love that orange-yellow one. Great action!
So super fun to watch these develop! The video seemed to flow perfectly with the song too – thanks for sharing!
Wow!! Maria, so fun to enjoy the process with you and the sound track rocks hard.
Safe and successful travels to the grand canyon!!
Thanks, everyone- I’m so glad you like it! I’m excited to experiment more with multimedia.
I love how your blog is always expanding with new ways to share your techniques! What a team you and Darin make.
And your hair always looks great, even when it’s tucked under a hat! Great tunes.
I LOVE the series and it is really exiting to watch you work on them!
Wonderful to watch how pictures develop. And that you did all three together, one here, and there, then back again to the first. Thanks for doing this. Always something new to learn from other artists.
So cool! I am the lucky recipient of these amazing works of art! Great work Maria.
Great idea. I loved seeing your process and it was a terrific video – Kudos to Darin.
Awesome!! Love it, Maria!
Hi Maria, Thanks so much for sharing this process, it was fascinating. So kind of you to let us join you!
Hi, how did you cut out the packing tape? It looks like you put it on the paper and then either cut it away or tore it to make the tree shapes. Did you use an exacto knife? (very carefully, I presume!) or something else?
And thanks for posting your process. Really interesting. And the results are beautiful.
Hi Elisabeth, I cut the tape out carefully using extra mat cutter blades I have in my studio. An exacto knife would work well, too. If you try it, practice first on scraps of paper. Higher quality packing tape works best in my experience and be careful to not press too hard into the paper! Best, Maria
Hi Maria, thank you for sharing the process. Your work is beautiful.
What a great way to use a stencil! A lot of hard work with great results! Love it 💕
Thank you! I remind myself to just put in the hours and enjoy the process. :)