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Winter's Peace

lightsnow 23 Nov 2019
Winter's Peace

This is my 24th painting. Winter has already begun in Canada so I decided to paint a scene that would reflect that. 18x24 on a value canvas that I primed twice with Gesso. This was also the first time I made my own version of liquid white as I am officially out of the Ross brand tube I had been using since I began painting. At least it lasted me a good 23 or so paintings. I also recently realized I haven't been using enough liquid white. I took "a thin even coat" way too far. With more liquid white applied, I am achieving much nicer sky blending now.


dracula Power Painter

What a fantastic color sky! I like how you were able to transpose some of that color warmth down into the mid-ground snow. I think that really helps give the painting a sense of distance. Also, your liner brush work on the leafless tree is spot-on and gives a satisfying sense of detail. Good work!

Hard to believe only your 24th painting. VERY nice work, care to share how you did the sky? Really nice job.

lightsnow Community Helper

@dracula - thank you so much for your kind words. I paint in a spare bedroom next to a window overlooking the back of my property. I live in the mountains and, since it is nearly winter and all of the trees are now leafless, I try to get a good look at the trees outside to get an idea of what they're supposed to look like!

@MHK - I made the sky the same way I usually do. I start with the horizon color and work my way up. I used indian yellow, cadmium orange, a tiny bit of yellow ochre, and then some bright red up top, with some phthalo blue to finish it off. I purposely added some of the red in the orange below. Then I blended it all with the two inch brush and added clouds.

lightsnow Community Helper

So since it had been weeks that I had painted this one, I wanted to bring it to my office to hang up. I put it in a garbage bag to protect it from the outside environment. When I was getting ready to leave, I noticed a bit of white-ish paint on the inside of the bag and thought, "oh crap, it's not dry." Some of the clouds were still wet, so I carefully took it out of the bag, but it was visible that some paint had come off the blended clouds. I took a soft brush and tried to fix it, and made it slightly worse. It's now hanging on a wall in my house to allow it ample time to dry. Here is a friendly warning - oil paints take forever to dry!

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