Little Creek and the Bow
20 x 20
11 x 14
I've embraced the season - finally - and am enjoying the patterns of light on snow once again. Jill at Collector's Gallery forced me into this acceptance by mounting a winter-themed, group show which opened yesterday. I had to do snow to do the show!
It's actually pretty tough to paint snow. At first, when you look at it, there seems to be only cool shadow (usually blue) and warm sunlight reflecting off of the white. But, as always, the more that you look, the more you see.
I find it's necessary to add warm reds into the lower layers of snow paintings. This not only creates interesting grays as you layer on different blues, but it also supplies the warm end of the spectrum, without which a painting seems just too chilly and artificial. To my eye, there are all of the colours of the spectrum in every scene, and omitting one leaves a sense of incompleteness to the work. But that might just be me.
The paintings above are two of the works in the show at Collector's, and depict two of my favourite things: a creek in Carburn Park, where I jog every day; and light shining through trees. Both of these subjects make up an inordinate amount of the pictures on my hard drive, and I've painted them many times.