Three Degrees: Preliminary sketch


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Three Degrees: Preliminary sketch

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I work into the closer trees on the right; these will establish the core of the reflections in the pond. On these trees, there is more detail in the branches, but I still need to keep it loose…back to careful randomness! I work fast here, spontaneity being the key. I’m using only Davy’s Gray and Indigo Blue now. I will use only four pigments throughout this painting; I am focusing on the subtle interplay ofthese colors to achieve the mood I want.
Winter scenes obviously do not have the endless variations of color and tone as say, a spring scene would have, but it is not that simple. The effect of the subdued winter light makes it extremely important to study and recognize the subtle variations it creates in the landscape, and use these to infuse the painting with life and feeling.
Keeping it simple, adding and subtracting as I feel, I move through this phase fairly quickly.

Photo: Winter Houses Sketch

A white on white composition is a supreme challenge to any artist in any media. It forces the artist to see beyond light, shadow and color and perceive the subtle ways they interact. It stretches the boundaries of an artist’s so-called comfort zone, which I am always trying to do in my art.

I love this composition, and did a few quick preliminary sketches to get it just how I wanted before making the final sketch to use as the basis for my painting. I feel the angles of the buildings will give the painting interest and movement, and the interaction of the snow and white houses will make this a dynamic piece.

Please follow me on my blog as I create as this painting. It will be a great challenge, and I am looking forward to it.