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Gingko à la mode

Be sure to look up

In the studio, there is a lovely lake-snow-bird scene with soft light and soft colors that is currently in the works on a large sheet of Arches. It may make a lovely painting when finished. But I’m missing the sunlight and shadows that make painting satisfying for me.

So after one of last week’s snow deluge, I booted up and went for a photo-taking walk in Prospect Park in pursuit of some more sunlit images. Dodging ankle-deep slush and icy surfaces limited where I could go in the park, and the snow vistas were a bit been-there, done-that for my photo collection. I thought back to Monday’s drawing class: we had spent an evening drawing onsite at Chelsea Market, with the assignment to draw everything above our eye level. Interesting details, textures and perspectives came out of the drawing session.

Along Prospect Park West, I looked up—and there was my image. Spiny gingkos topped by snowcaps, hanging against the brilliant blue sky.

That was easy.

February 2014
Watercolor and graphite
Arches cold press, 140 lb, 8″ x 8″
this painting has found a nice home

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4 thoughts on “Gingko à la mode

  1. You’re making it look easy, but I know how hard it is! That gorgeous loose wash that just happens to leave the white snow shapes out. Do you use a resist?

    • Joy Makon on said:

      Thanks Maxine! No resist in this painting, just careful painting. This image was more of a negative painting, where the sky was done first and created most of the shapes. I use masking fluid sparingly in winter tree scenes to make thin branch highlights and phantom branches.

  2. Absolutely beautiful! Love the loose, yet controlled feel of this. And the colors! Gorgeous.

    • Joy Makon on said:

      Hi Teresa! Thank you for your thoughtful critique. This has always been a favorite of mine, glad you like it too.

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