Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Frozen Lake

This was a quick demonstration I did for my friend Heather who wanted to know what she could teach a group of people who had never painted before.

I have found that snow scenes are probably the easiest thing for a beginner to paint.

I also used a limited palette of French ultramarine blue, burnt sienna and raw sienna to do this snow scene. These are basics and give a wide range of colours.

I used French ultramarine blue for the sky and on the snow covered lake. I added a touch of burnt sienna to paint in the shadowed underside of the clouds.

Using the cloud mixture I added a touch of raw sienna to get a green grey for the background shoreline trees and also used it for the under painting on the rocks.

Darkening the mixture down with more French ultramarine blue and raw sienna as the paper was drying I added the foreground pines.

I added burnt sienna and more French ultramarine blue to the pine tree colour to get a very dark colour and painted over my rocks. Using a palette knife I lifted out the rock shapes.

To finish the painting I thinned the dark mixture and added a few dead tree trunks to the foreground.

The entire painting would have taken about 20 minutes to complete.

This original 5-1/2" x 6-3/4” framed watercolour is available for $95.00.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and enjoy the artwork. I hope you will return often.