" Still Waiting For Spring " O/P 11"x 14"
The winter roadside series continues. I am beginning to feel that spring will not arrive in my part of the world and we may miss it altogether this year. Record breaking high snow banks on the sides of the roads make it near impossible to see and paint. I think the danger of disappearing into the snow , not to be found until late summer, is a deterrent for not climbing the banks for a better painting view.
I jest !
This piece is painted on Masonite panel which has been prepared with my "gesso mixture" and coated with a final value five acrylic gray. In this particular painting, while putting out my usual limited palette, I also put out a ribbon of light gray. It was lighter than the five value acrylic covering on the panel.
My procedure was to lay in the composition and the beginning of the background shadows with my usual thin darks in the traditional manner. I added some of the gray paint to the mother colour in areas that I felt needed modifying or "quietening down" if you will. I feel that these areas tend to lose their sharpness with this addition. This can be seen in areas of the trees in the top left or in the road, bottom right. I kind of like, 'that look'.
Medium was used in the beginning process or 'laying in' . Very little was used until the final stages and finishing details.
And so, still waiting for spring ..