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


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


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.


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