Blanketed in snow, Prospect Park takes on a joyful silence.
It is snowing today, March 10, after we’ve had a few days of spring-like weather. How appropriate then, that today I have completed this snow scene from a big storm a few years ago when Brooklyn received tons of snow. I’m always happy to go out in the park when it’s not too blizzard-like, and I enjoy the muffled sounds that only a good, fat snowfall can provide.
Probably the dogs and their walker attracted me to this image and made me smile. It was also the chance to paint a high-key palette and use only the white of the paper to make snow. After weeks of working with saturated colors and deep shadows, I found this color range very exciting to work with. The challenge was to keep it simpler and graphic, while exploring textures in the trees with a lot of snow blowing around. Dr. Ph. Martin’s Frisket Mask Liquid Level 2, applied with a toothbrush and a Speedball dip pen, provided the entertainment and special effects for this painting. It’s the only kind I use and I mail-order several bottles at a time as it is difficult to locate and I never want to run out of it.
Arches cold press, 300 lb, 21.5″ x 14.25″