All photos by Traveler Dave H. all rights reserved
Going through his web site is like taking a personal tour of the city. It's well organized and nicely photographed, but what would you expect from a professional photographer. I highly recommend taking a look at his fare city site.
Traveler Dave H Story: Climbing the Pentland Hills to the south of the city. They're less than 2000 feet high, but I know that would be impressive near Chicago! It' just a favorite place with good views.
Corstorphine Hill and Granton are visible in the distance, through the snow-clouds drifting by.
I Panned the camera slightly left to catch the pool of sunlight on Sighthill district.
A telephoto shot from the same standpoint. The water is the Firth of Forth (Forth estuary) leading to the North Sea.
Painters Tip: Painting Darks and Lights - This is an old rule of thumb for painters. Paint your darks colors first and your lights last. You want to keep the light high key colors as clean as you can get them. They will dirty up if put in too soon.
Work the clouds in over the turquoise sky, and adding details to the foreground.
Finishing up with a little more sky coming through and cleaner snow. I ended up putting in the snow with my palette knife to get the paint thick enough to feel like snow.
By James Swanson / Traveler Dave H.
15"x 26" Oil on Linen
That was a whole lot of fun. Painting just on canvas with no framed edges holding me in. The only problem I really had was how to crop the canvas, but the is pretty easy to look at in Photoshop.
I'd like to thank Dave H for being a Traveler here and showing me around Edinburgh through his web site. Dave put up with me changing my mind on what I wanted to paint very nicely and gave me some very unique views of his city. And I someone out there has some interesting views of their cities or countryside, give me a holler here or at www.TheArtistAndTheTraveler.org I 'd like to take a look.
Well that's about it, I'm off to our next location and to meet up with the next Traveler. Til Then Tally Ho!