Wednesday, March 12, 2008

A Snow Painting, Before the Snow Disappears!

I started a new painting today. With all this snow, I figured I'd better try to get at least one snow painting done before it all disappears! So far I've just blocked things in. This is a very different approach from the Monster WIP - much looser, less restrictive! We'll see how it goes. This one is 11 x 14 oil on Raphael linen panel. I started with a wash of Terra Rosa, which is a new paint I've just added to the mix. It's one of Williamsburg's Italian Earth colours. So far toning this panel is all I've done with it! I find it's very similar to Old Holland's Burnt Sienna. After a very rough indication of tone I went on with this modified underpainting, which has kind of combined the best of both worlds - my usual Burnt Umber and Ultramarine Blue, then some Burnt Sienna, and the new Unbleached Titanium as well as a bit of the usual Titanium. Can I just call it done and leave it at this? :-)

The Monster painting got some more attention today as well. It won't photograph so well under artificial light, so no pic tonight. It's going to need to sit and dry for a few days now before I move on. In the meantime, I'm still looking for the perfect title!


Judy Wood said...

What a promising start. Too bad there isn't a way to "capture" each stage permanently as can be done with digital images, as this one has a lovely old world feel just as it is. I also love the name of that new colour "terra rosa"--so evocative.

Linda Shantz said...

In a sense there is, Judy, and I've considered that. I'm pretty good about documenting my work as it progresses, but if I was a bit more particular about the digital captures I could easily reproduce them as giclées. Maybe this one will be the first! Either way, I hope I can preserve that feel with the finished painting!