Thursday, December 31, 2009

Snow and Blue

"New Year's Eve, Snow on Munds Mountain"
9x12, oil

We had a bit of snow yesterday, and it's lovely to see in the shadowed sides of the mountains. The students and I rushed out this morning to paint it before it melted. The snow at the highest elevations and in the near-permanent winter shade will stick around for awhile yet.

With the bright blue skies we have here, it's tempting to make the snow shadows an intense blue. You'll definitely see such blues, but only in the nearest snow patches. Up on the mountain, a mile or so away, the color will be considerably greyed. But I did add a few touches of more intense blue up there just to add sparkle. As always, it helps to put the brush down for a moment, take a deep breath, and observe.


Marie Theron said...

You had such wonderful inspiration before your eyes!And the rendering came out absolutely perfect!

Michael Chesley Johnson, Artist / Writer said...

Thank you, Marie!