Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Silent Cedars - A Work in Progress

This is a scene I often see in the winter when I am able to go out for a walk through the fields before the snow becomes too deep and I need to put on snow shoes if I want to stay on top of the snow instead of breaking through it.

I masked out the fence rails and a few tree branches and leaves with liquid friskit and while I was waiting for it to dry I mixed the paint for the sky.

Since this painting is on a full sheet of watercolour paper a fair amount of paint needed to be mixed in order to paint the sky.  In one saucer I mixed a large pool of pure French ultramarine blue and then did the same for Antwerp blue in another saucer.

First I wet the paper with water and then painted in the top of the sky with ultramarine blue being careful to leave a few areas of the white of the paper to show for clouds, as I moved down through the sky I mixed Antwerp blue with the ultramarine blue and allowed the colours to mix together on the paper for a soft transition between the colours.

I still have a lot more work to do on this painting and I will post it at a later date.

Thank you for coming to look at my artwork.