Saturday, December 20, 2014

ACEO - Winter Snow 1

Finally we have a sunny day. The sun shining on the infield of the track makes the frost covered grasses look like glittering diamonds strung on threads of gold.

I don't even mind the fact that it is currently 14F (-10C) and supposed to reach a high of only 28F (-2C); it is simply not a grey, cloudy and overcast day.

I thought I would work on this painting that I started earlier this year (see post on 27 April 2014).

Using French ultramarine blue with a small amount of burnt sienna, I brushed in the sky.

Next I added a little more burnt sienna to the sky colour and painted in the shadows on the snow, leaving small bits of the white paper showing in a few places.

To the sky colour I added a little more burnt sienna to make a grey and painted the barn on the top of the hill.

Adding various combinations of the blue and the brown to the grey I painted in the tree trunks and the fence posts.

With pure burnt sienna, I ran the barbed wire fence between the fence posts in both the foreground and on the distant hill.

Next using raw sienna first I painted in the base colour of the grasses and growies at the base of the trees and fence posts.

I added burnt sienna and a touch of alizarin crimson to the grasses and growies to give them some variation from one solid colour to complete the painting.

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 140lb. Arches 100% rag, acid free watercolour paper. It is priced at $20.00 and sold unframed.