Friday, January 7, 2011

Snow Day


"Mitten Ridge" 12x16, oil - $750 framed - contact Michael

It's not often we get to paint snow in Sedona, but a brief period of cooler weather has given us painters a wonderful opportunity.  Although there's none left to speak of in town, the higher slopes are still snow-clad, especially on the shadowed sides.

Yesterday, the workshop went up to the Midgely Bridge pull-off to paint a view of Mitten Ridge.  It was a glorious view with the ridge backlit and just a little sun spilling down into the snow field.  A thin ceiling of cloud scattered the sun's light and warmed up the shadows.  On a clear day, I would have painted the shadows distinctly cool with prominent blues and violets.  This day, however, I added a bit of red and green to the mixture.

By the way, we had beautiful weather.  Mid-50s, gentle breeze and plenty of sun!

7 comments:

Lee McVey said...

Nice Light in this painting.

Michael Chesley Johnson said...

Thanks, Lee!

Dan Corey said...

I always love a vanilla-ish sky! Looks great MCJ!

weekend et coup de brosse said...

c'est magnifique ces montagnes!

Michael Chesley Johnson said...

Thanks, Dan!

Helen Opie said...

My word, I'd have bo idea of the SIZE of those mountains if it weren't for your including that trestle or whatever it is!

Nice change of colouration for that area.

Michael Chesley Johnson said...

Right, Helen! It's very important with the rocks around here to indicate a sense of scale.