Monday, January 7, 2013

ACEO - Winter Shadows 2

I pulled out this little painting called Blue Sky I that I had started last year (see post on 28 October 2012).

I decided that I would turn it into a horizontal painting from the vertical one I had originally thought it would be and lighted sketched in where I would place the trees, snow banks and the river.

Using a mix of French ultramarine blue and alizarin crimson and put in the distant trees on the horizon.

On the sunlit side of the tree trunks I put in a wash of raw sienna to give some warmth to the painting.

Using different mixtures of French ultramarine blue, burnt sienna, alizarin crimson and Antwerp blue I painted the tree trunks starting with the background trees and gradually moving forward.

The tree shadows were put in a mix of the two blues.

Next I added the greens into the coniferous forest with mixtures of Antwerp blue, French ultramarine blue, raw sienna, new gamboge and cadmium yellow.

The partially frozen river was painted with layers of Antwerp blue, raw sienna and burnt sienna.

The growies were put in with alizarin crimson, raw sienna, burnt sienna and cadmium yellow.

Lastly I added a few small growing trees into the foreground.

If you would like more information about ACEO please go to my post on 11 March 2010.

The ACEO shown here is an original watercolour painting using Artist quality Winsor & Newton paint on 300lb. Arches 100% rag, acid free watercolour paper. It is priced at $20.00 and sold unframed.