Friday, December 12, 2014

Let it snow!

After spending a week in snowy Minnesota over Thanksgiving and stockpiling my snow scene photos, can you guess what our subject matter was in my December classes at my studio?

Below are my demos from Wednesday, Thursday and Friday classes held this past week.

Last Light on Wyanett Creek, oil, 11x14 (cell phone photo)

Wyanett Creek, oil, 8x10

Snow Glow, pastel, 8x10

All were done with a fairly limited palette, using very similar warm and cool hues in each of the value groups. Both the oil and pastel demos used warm underpaintings. Much of the snow in each of the three paintings is in shadow, which called for mid-range value grey-blues. The warm underpaintings allowed the greyed color to still contrast nicely and have some vibrancy, yet still read accurately in the shadow areas. An early stage of  "Last Light on Wyanett Creek" below shows this warm/cool contrast...

In the two oil demos, tube colors used were cobalt blue, ultramarine blue, cad yellow, yellow ochre, terra rosa, alizarin crimson, transparent oxide red, and titanium white.

Sorry for the bad cell phone pic at the top. I shoot my oil paintings outside, and with the days getting dark so early, I ran out of time today to shoot it on my good camera. There's a little glare in the top right. Need to reshoot. But first, it's on to Christmas cookie baking!

Upcoming Workshops:

PASTEL Workshop - Stevensville, MD - 3-day 
Workshop - February 6, 7 & 8, 2015 (Fri/Sat/Sun)
Demo - Thurs., Feb. 5, 5:30 - 8:30 pm, $45, $55 at door
Chesapeake Fine Art Studio 
609 Thompson Creek Rd.
Stevensville, MD 21666
(about 40 minutes from downtown Baltimore)

PASTEL Workshop - Bonita Springs, FL - 3-day 
Feb. 25, 26 & 27, 2015 (Wed/Thurs/Fri)
Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs
26100 Old US 41 Road
Bonita Springs, FL 34135
$350/members; $400/nonmembers

OIL/PASTEL Workshop - Dahlonega, GA - 2-day 
March 19 & 20, 2015 (Thurs/Fri)
The Art Loft
Dahlonega, GA 
To register, visit

OIL/PASTEL Workshop - Newport, RI - 3-day
April 24, 25 & 26 (Fri/Sat/Sun)
Newport Art Museum
76 Bellevue Ave.
Newport, RI 02840
$365 NAM members; $420 non members

See my workshop page on my website for details and complete schedule through 2015, or email me with any questions.

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