Last month in my classes at my studio we painted sunny snow scenes. This month we tackled a winter scene on a grey day, which provides a trickier challenge to identify correct color temperatures. Especially when working from photos, we tend to lean too heavily on cool colors, since photos don't always capture the warm hues correctly. Plus, logic incorrectly tricks us into thinking a that a grey, cloudy day should be communicated with mostly cool colors. . Sunlight is still there on a grey day, it's just more diffused and difficult to discern from a photo.
|Snowy Driveway, oil, 8x10|
|Going Up, oil, 8x10|
|Heading In, pastel, 8x10|
Many artists assume that the photos we take on days like this are too dull and grey to provide exciting reference for an eye pleasing painting. However, I look for whatever hint of color might exist in these grey areas and push that color just a bit. If I see warm against a cool, I might push that contrast some more.
The three pieces above were all demos from classes held this past week. I wanted to keep my topic consistent with all of my classes for this month, so I had a little fun changing up the view/composition for each of my demos.
For those of you in Georgia, I have workshops coming up in Paulding County the end of this month and Dahlonega in March. A little further north in the east, I'll be in Maryland in a few weeks and Rhode Island in April. Details below...
See my workshop page on my website for details and complete schedule through 2015, or email me with any questions.