|Our Traveler Angela and her dog Bailey|
|The start of Angela's walk at Waltham with friends. All photos are with the permission of Angela|
It was a perfect , , sunshine & powdery snow. Cold obviously, but well wrapped up & in the warm sunshine we didn't feel cold at all! The icing on the cake was to see the stunning sunset at the end of the walk. I guess it was about 9 miles in length.
|Back at Waltham on the wolds.|
|The Photo of Angela's that I worked with for the painting.|
The Sketch on canvas. One of the feelings that I felt from Angela's photo was, that this hay was just put down and that the horses just noticed it. That's what I wanted this painting to be about, so to do that I tightened the image up to show that.
The dark colors are painted in first, as always with me. I paint the warm darks for the foreground and cooler darks for the background. That gives the idea of depth right away in a painting.
Painting in the snow. If there's one real truth that I've found in all my years of painting, it's that there is no pure white in snow. If it's there it's barely there. Color is everything when it comes to snow.
Painting in the sky. The sky and the snow are one. What ever the sky color is the snow will reflect some of it. The sky will be brighter in the painting, and the snow a close second.
Making Hay, Time to start adding color to this painting and finish the block-in.
At this point in the painting I felt I was close. The color was starting to work, the horses were indicated, but not rendered, and the focus was on the hay pile.
But later on with a fresh eye, I saw some problems. The hay and the horses were almost the same, in the same place- but on opposite sides of the canvas, and had the same attention getting.
The first thing I did to fix those problems, was to make the hay bigger. I went back to my original sketch and saw that I didn't make the hay pile big enough. Then, I needed to make the hay come more forward in the painting. I did that by adding more contrast to it and bring out the sunny side of it.The snow also was a bit choppy, and needed to be cleaned up.
Done, With all the changes made it's time to send this one off to the contest. Even if it doesn't get in it was a excellent paint for me.