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.