Monday, December 31, 2012

Winter's Gift

A fresh start to a beautiful New Year

Continued from December 14th, Time To Paint Winter:
Distant trees were added,  they help define the layers of ridges

The foreground is a wet in wet wash of violets and yellows using very little pigment

A small tree done in greens and blues, then shadows.
 I used a damp, stiff bristled brush to slightly fade out

the mountains.  Resolve to do more painting!

"With winter comes a time to reflect on days gone by
To draw our friends and family close,
To touch a stranger's life.

From the chaos of preparation
Evolves the joy of sharing
And winter's gift of quiet."

Happy New Year!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Seasons Greetings

Portland Mine Road in Winter

Ironton's Winter Glow

Winter on Black Bear

Shivering Sisters

Winter's Light on Mount Abrams

"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous,
leading to the most amazing view.
May your mountains rise into and above the clouds."
Edward Abbey

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Winter's Wonderland

Let's paint winter

Here is my sketch using the above photo.  I have used Aureolin
working wet in wet for the glow in the right corner of the sky area.
For the remainder of the sky, still working wet in wet, I dropped in some cobalt blue and a little
permanent rose

After the sky was dry,  I wet the main mountain slightly, then used ultramarine blue
and cobalt, leaving white areas.  As we move away, the mountains must be less
in focus.  For the mountain on the far left, I used a light wash of june bug (blue green),
The next 2 mountains in the distance are of a light wash of rose and cobalt.  

The small. very distant mountain is a light wash of cobalt.
Moving forward,  The mountain on the right is catching the winter light.
The slope on the left is a wash of june bug.  Different effects are possible with water and pigment
as demonstrated by the area behind and to the right of the trees.  To be continued... 

Monday, December 3, 2012

Finishing the Angels Landing Painting

Angels Landing, Zion NP

This is where I left off last time

Details have been added to the rock formation 

First wash on the sky using ultramarine and cobalt blues 

After several wet on dry washes on the sky, I used a paper towel to wipe some pigment away
using an upward motion to give the effect of pale, moving clouds