Monday, January 3, 2011
Continuation of Randi's Choice
A little time on the easel and I changed up the plein air sketch in keeping with my original concept. Since the sky was warmer and darker that the snow covered ground I wanted to preserve that. So I started with a yellow-violet grey on the warm side to wash in the board. That helps with colour balance. It was extremely wet, assuring a wet in wet application. Then I filled in the rest of my palette given what I saw on this overcast day - dull green, blueish hoard frost and a raft of close value colours in the areas of snow. So my palette then consisted of Yellow Ochre, Cobalt Violet, Cobalt Blue, and Alizarin - to provide a dark. the white was a sloppy Titanium. It wasn't cold enough to stiffen up the brand I used. I got this far as you may recall.
Randi's Choice Sketch, 10x12, Oil on Board
I did not like the hill shapes and the fence line and wanted to get more tension into the different planes. After the coffee shop discussion I got to work using the same palette (from the French Easel) and here is where I ended. Of course it is a picture of a painting with subtle colours and values, and you know what that means.
Randi's Choice, 10x 12, Oil on Board