|Off Road Tracks, pastel, 10x8|
Since I don't get to paint snowy landscapes on location very often, I wanted to be able to share my firsthand observations with my classes while they were fresh in my mind. So snow scenes it is for the next three weeks!
This week our subject matter was under sunny conditions, with bright warm highlights and juicy, bright blue and purple shadows. Below are a few shots from Wednesday's demonstration...
For my underpainting, I used a dark blue Nupastel to lightly sketch in just the light/dark shapes. I wanted to keep things real loose in this part. But admittedly, once I wet this one down with the alcohol wash, it got away from me a bit. I explained to my class that the shadows in the snow were not as dark as the darks of the foreground trees, and I wanted to set that up from the start in this underpainting. Didn't happen here. So I had to be sure to make that right as I proceeded.
As I blocked in each area as a large shape, I determined the color temperature I needed.
The sun was hitting the light areas of the snow directly, so that would need to be warm, but with cools mixed in to give the snow it's reflective quality.
From here, I looked for opportunities to harmonize the colors used throughout, along with putting in some of the finer details such as the grass, thin branches and snow on the trees.
"Off Road Tracks" was painted on Uart 320 mounted to acid free foam board.