Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Nature's Christmas Tree 10" x 12" O/P

Well, it happened, and all at once we had our first real snow fall.
It was not long before the snow became "packy"and heavy with the warming temperatures and drizzling afternoon rain
Even though it was our first snowfall, and did not finish with a clear blue sky, it was the welcome change I was looking for.

Again, my support for this painting was a Masonite panel , prepared with two coats (no sanding between applications) and a orangey-alizarin stain. The stain was applied as described in earlier postings.

The palette (colours) were cerulean blue, ultramarine blue, alizarin crimson, cad red light cad lemon yellow, cad yellow med, and titanium white. 'On the side', I had a little veridian and yellow ochre.

The sketch or initial lay in was drawn in using varying mixtures of ultra blue and alizarin (light and dark) Because the painting was rather on the smaller size, it was layed in freely, using a 'rigger brush'.

The forecast is calling for a combination of snow, rain and varying temperatures for a few days.. Hmmm.

'til next...


Mariano Zucchi said...

Hi Frank,
Beautiful Trees, in a magical carpet of snow. Variation and depht of color are amazing! Thank you for tipping your palette. Could you paint a village with the snow? Simple for me to ask,I live in worm weather! All the best my friend and keep worm!

becky joy said...

I love the brushwork in your paintings and the colors. Lots of color for what some at this time of year would be drab. Wonderful.

Frank A. said...

Hi Mariono.. nice to hear from you again.
Thank you for the compliments from your observations.

"Could you paint a village with the snow?"

Answer.. I think that it would be very hard to paint a village with the snow. ;~) (just teasing)

This message comes to you from under my warm Hudsons'Bay blanket.
All the best to you as well.

Take care..

Frank A. said...

becky joy..Thank you.. It means a lot. :~)
It seems that I see you or your work every where I surf. That is a good thing !
The latest is on "Plein Air Artists". Great stuff !

Do take care..


Nice works Frank, colorful and easy hand brush strokes.

Ed Cooper said...

Great painting...Although I have read Carlsons guide to landscapes..I am still not really happy with my sky holes....I can see you are as your tacking pretty complex tree arrangements here!...Great work

Frank A. said...

Perez Fine Art Galleries Alex..
I appreciate your comment and compliment.
Thanks for dropping in.

Take care.

Frank A. said...

Ed Cooper..Ed, what a pleasure it was to spend time in your blog...twice, :~) It is hard to believe that you would have trouble with 'sky holes'.

Thank you for the compliment, it is appreaciated !

Take care..

Ed Cooper said...

Many thanks Frank!.....I have quite a stack in my studio where the sky holes didnt work out.....when they do its a magical effect!

Silver said...

It's beautiful. A sort of sacred tranquil.


Frank A. said...

Silver, Thank you.
"a sort of sacred tranquil", I will have to remember that expression. I like it ! ... :~)
Thanks again..

Take care.

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Joan Sicignano Artist said...

Hi Frank, what a beautiful painting. Great color and brushwork. We are in midst of getting our first snow, it's a blizzard. Can't to go out and paint. Thank you for sharing.

Frank A. said...

Joan, I was on your site and left a message.. :~)

Hope that you got "dugout" and all is well.

Happy painting in the New Year..


Carrie H. said...

Before seeing Mark Hansen Winter PA stuff it never would have occurred to me to go out after the leaves have fallen and paint watercolors or any other medium - because it's cold and it's more than likely going to be raining. Now I'm just looking at your post Fall color work and I see I need to take your example and get out there in between the cloud bursts and paint.

Mary Beth Brath said...

What a wonderful blog site! I just signed on as a follower. I love your style of painting.
Happy New Year - Mary Beth

René PleinAir. said...

Hey digital snow!!

A great painterly year to you Frank, ...

Celeste Bergin said...

so pretty! I really love this

Jennifer McChristian said...

I love the expressive, lively brush strokes! Beautiful array of sumptuous warm and cool colors.
Happy New Year to you an yours Frank!

Craig said...

Frank, I love this painting. This reminds me so much of walks in the wooded areas around where I grew up in rural Michigan. I enjoy your work and perhaps some day I will own one of your paintings.

Craig Granger