|Winter Light Fading, pastel, 8x10|
In today's class we discussed how we needed to somehow show lots of warm colors in the distance, because that's where the direct sunlight was hitting, and cool colors in the foreground, since that area was entirely in shadow...which is the reverse of how we typically handle the placement of warms and cools.
Fortunately there are other artistic "tricks" we can use to depict depth in a painting, besides relying only on warms and cools. With today's painting, I used careful placement of hard/soft edges and increased the vibrancy of the foreground blues. I also used a mix of warms and cools in the distance and the foreground.
The narrow sliver of sunlit snow in the distance (the lightest value in the painting) gave us a great benchmark to contrast the value of the snow in shadow to the snow in sunlight.
Below are a few demo shots of how I got this one going...