"Snow Melt" 8"x 10" O/P
I think warmer days may be finally but slowly arriving. The ice in many of the small ponds is beginning to rot and water on the surface is a welcome sight. It is also a relief to see the ploughed snow banks receding from many of the side roads, revealing possible spots to set the easel. Yes, spring is finally in the air.
The painting, 'Snow Melt', was painted on a Masonite panel that was prepared with my usual three coats of gesso, followed by a coat of light grey acrylic paint. My palette for this piece was, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue, Alizarin, Cadmium Red Medium, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Cadmium Lemon Yellow and Titanium White. I also added Terra Vert to my palette in order to mix it with my Alizarin and Ultramarine Blue for the extra darks . This mixture is my substitute for Black.
This painting is a continuation of my experiment with the watercolour brush and the "oil wash" lay in and composition. This was followed by the more medium - less impasto application of paint with a regular oil painting brush. The final details were applied with smaller brushes and paint thinned with medium. By 'medium', I mean oil paint that has been thinned with, in my case, plain ' odourless solvent'.
The experiment continues, ..in the warmer days of spring.