Well am not sure I will be able to carry on with full sized paintings for the challenges and think I am going to have to scale down for some but this is another 15x11. Done as an example for my next workshop (I actually have 2 more which I have done in different palettes to try and illustrate how colour can completely change the mood of a painting and how it can be very effective in portraying warm and cool scenes... cool in this case. As I mentioned in a previous blog I also like to give the group choices so that they can make some of the decisions for themselves and not simply do a carbon copy of what I'm doing. I try and give them principles to work from like, for example using limited palettes, but leave the choices to them.
Colours for this were UB, Burnt Umber, Permanent Rose and Burnt Sienna... I wanted to do a really chilly scene this time so although Burnt Sienna can bring warmth to a painting, teamed with the other colours seems to have kept a very icy feel which is what I was looking for.
Did a quick sketch... seems like I have been doing more sketching recently not by choice I can assure you but especially when I am doing something for my group, I don't necessarily paint as loosely as I might like as I have to do something which everyone can have a stab at... so I practice as I'm going to deliver!!
Started the painting by doing a loose sky using all 4 colours just dropping them in and letting them mix. Before that was completely dry (and the shine had gone off the paper) I dropped some more colour into the right hand side to represent some foliage in the bg. Once the sky was dry I worked on the trees to the left and the mucky snow in the foreground, then moving on to the house using a blue and brown mix dropped in wet in wet. Finally I moved on to the trees to the right, creating more distinct trunks and branches. The last workshop we did was on Winter Trees and as the image has both conifer and deciduous trees am hoping that the practice we had last time will help the group when we come to do the trees in this one!!