More snow studies

I’m back home, but still in the mindset to paint snow.  Looking through my reference photos, I found one new one to tackle, and a second to try again.  This first painting is the new one.  I like it.  It was really a study in warm/cool composition, and it was also fun to play with paint texture.  I think I’m going to paint this again tomorrow, only larger. I’m also going to try painting the shadows on the other side of the bank less dark.  Just a tad.  I think as is it makes the painting a bit too heavy.  What it needs is a bit more atmospheric depth. (Also a technical note: for some reason, my images look darker–sometimes a LOT darker–on PC monitors. I create the images on a Mac and adjust them there. I’m trying to find a happy medium by adjusting up the exposure on the Mac.)


Truckee River Study (Warms & Cools), Oil on Linen, 10×8

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I painted this scene a little differently last week, in my previous post.  The focus there was more on the tree shadow, where here I tried to balance the scene a bit with more interesting areas, such as the opposite bank.   Kept is loose, although I had to scrape a repaint the water a couple times.  It was looking to “dabb-y”.  Although ocean water scenes should have lots of edges, this one required something simple, flat.  The eye needs a place to rest, and there’s a lot going on above and below the water.


Snow Shadows 2, Oil on Linen, 8×10

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BTW, this painting was painted on top of another (a seascape, actually). I’ve been painting over old paintings for a while now. I lightly sand any paint ridges in the old painting, and just paint right over it. I like letting little bits of the old painting showing through as they create fun, unexpected moments.  I also find I paint more loose when working on an old canvas.  Nothing to loose, I guess.

3 thoughts on “More snow studies”

  1. Hi Ed,

    So happy I found your blog. Great article in American Artist. I love the warm and cool colors in the Truckee River Study. I too love dappled light and like how you incorporated it into Snow Shadows.
    I noticed you paint on linen. Do you find much of a difference between linen and canvas? I have been thinking about trying linen. Thanks for all the info Ed. Happy painting!
    Debbie

  2. Hi Debbie, welcome to my blog, and thank you for your kind comment!

    I do like prefer linen over canvas. Canvas is a bit too “even” in texture. I really like oil primed linen. I find it easier in every stage of painting, from transparent underwash painting to the final touches, where the linen has just the right amount of tooth.

    I primarily use RayMar double-primed linen, although they’re expensive, so I also often use Fredrix linen panels, which are very good too.

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