Or: walk in front of me and you end up in the picture
Where’s the snow? I am waiting.
This painting is from a stormy afternoon walk in Prospect Park. Enough snow was falling to coat surfaces with creamy icing, and I found scenes that had lots of beautiful grays and neutral tones in the wintry light. The fact that my husband Sol walked in front of me only added to the composition and his pea coat and jeans made a perfect backdrop for falling snowflakes. I insisted that he wear dark denim for this reason. A touch of red with his hat, and it was all there ready to paint.
There’s a lot of technical considerations in this work, from the one-point perspective of the bench, the color palette, and creating the snow. What I’m most pleased with is that this was painted without the use of white or black paint. Masking fluid that was splattered and dripped judiciously (or not) helped to create the snow effect. For grays and neutrals, I researched color mixes on the web and experimented with a combo of cobalt blue and burnt sienna (M. Graham paints) to wash the stormy sky and horizon. I like the results. And most importantly, I chose to eliminate a lot of details, and view the image as if I had removed one contact lens. By allowing the watercolor to take over and create lots of lost edges and blurred areas, I could imply depth and space and beautiful textures.
But those tree branches? I worked them until I couldn’t stand it anymore, signed the painting and considered it finished.
Watercolor and graphite
Arches cold press, 300 lb, 14.25″ x 21.5″