Tuesday, December 25, 2012

OSWOA - Deep Snow 1

I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas.

Even though it is hard to think about a true Canadian white Christmas when there is no snow on the ground.

Since I had some time this morning before going to the family Christmas festivities I decided to finish this painting that I had started a while ago (see post on 30 Dec 2011) and make my own snow covered landscape.

First I lightly sketched in where I would like to have some of the main trees placed, leaving an open area for a snow covered path.

Using burnt sienna and French ultramarine blue I lightly painted in the background tree trunks.

Then the distant pine trees were put in with the trunk colour and raw sienna.

A blue grey made of the Trench ultramarine blue and burnt sienna was used for the closer tree shadows.

With various mixtures of French ultramarine blue, burnt sienna and alizarin crimson I painted the trunks and branches on the larger foreground trees first.

Next I wanted to put the needles onto the trees and using various mixtures of new gamboge, raw sienna, burnt sienna, cobalt blue and French ultramarine blue.

The middle ground trees trunks were put in using a slightly paler mix of the foreground tree colours.

The needles were a greyed mix of raw sienna, burnt sienna and French ultramarine blue.

Next the growies were added to the bases of the foreground and middle ground trees with mixes of burnt sienna, raw sienna, new gamboge and cadmium yellow.

If you would like more information about OSWOA please go to my post on 12 March 2010.

The OSWOA shown here is an original watercolour painting using Artist quality Windsor & Newton paint on 300lb. Arches 100% rag, acid free watercolour paper. It is priced at $40.00 and sold unframed.