Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Winter Shadows..First Steps
As the painting looked last week.
I started putting texture on the trees with Orange Lake and added another wash of Cobalt Blue to the background.
Stage 3 with Maskit protecting whites
I protected the white of the paper with Maskit which is a bit like rubber cement but better chemically for the paper. I laid a wash of Primary Blue over the sky, Burnt Sienna and Orange Lake for the distant trees and a wash of Ultramarine Blue to darken snow in the valley. The blue on the nearer trees is Cobalt.
Stage 3 with no Maskit on right side
I took the mask off so I could see the contrasts on the trees.
I added texture to the distant trees with scribbles, a mix of Burnt Sienna, Cobalt Blue, and Orange Lake. I worked a little on the far cliffs. and so on. I decided the most prominent tree needed reshaping. I added short strokes of Orange Lake and Cobalt Blue. I added washes of Quinacridone Gold, Orange Lake, and Cobalt Blue on the near cliffs. I removed the Maskit and add more washes of Quinacridone Gold, Orange Lake and Cobalt Blue. The last thing I did was put splotches of Maskit on the cliffs to preserve some of the new washes. Next I will add more washes to the cliffs and see what I then have.