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February Thaw

A study of light and shadow in blue and purple

Moving on to Spring, but first, one last Prospect Park snow scene, from an unusually warm, melted Saturday.  Everyone broke out the shorts and went outside for a long run or just enjoyed the chance to remember what it was like to be in the park.

Colors: while the snow, trampled as it is, kicks around the brilliance of the blue sky in every shadow, the wet road picks up the glare of the sun for contrast. If I stare long enough, even the simplest shape takes on saturated cobalts, ultramarines, turquoises. What fun to work with, especially when it’s not clear where the image starts and the paint takes over.

I’ve been paying a lot of attention to drawing figures (including dogs) in proportion to each other and within the landscape–there are eight here. Through daily sketching and drawing classes, I’ve been reminded of how difficult it is to nail spacial relationships, but I like the added challenge of putting people in the work. Figures soften the hard lines of the landscape, bring in needed colors and textures, and give me something else interesting to paint in addition to a gazillion tree limbs.

March 2014
Watercolor and graphite
Arches cold press, 300 lb, 14″ x 18″

This entry was published on March 20, 2014 at 11:37 am. It’s filed under Home, landscape, Uncategorized, watercolor, winter and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

3 thoughts on “February Thaw

  1. Hi Joy, This is a beautiful painting. I love the gazillion tree branches and the lamppost. If I was actually a runner that could be me with my dog!

  2. The lampost and the people and wonderfully colorful! Beautiful painting!

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