Reflections on life: Middle ground

Bryce Herrington

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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.

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I now work on tying in the middle ground to the pond. This is a fairly straightforward process, moving from the back to the front. I integrate the colors of the sky into certain areas of the snow, in other places I leave the white of the paper. This gives the snow a vibrant quality, areas of sparking light, others reflective of the sky. The rule here is subtle, not overpowering; I don’t want to overwork this area, it is a visual transition area and should harmonize, not compete with the other elements of the painting.