I love painting outside when there is snow and this winter is driving me to distraction. All this snow for so long and it is too cold to paint outdoors. I switched to oils because watercolours froze and this winter it has been so cold that oil paint gets to be about the consistency of play-do.
The up side is that I am spending more time working on portraits. Last week in class I did a pastel sketch of Kim so this week I took my oils. I have been struggling with pigment selection and getting the forms correct so I decided to work the same way as I do for landscapes. I toned the whole panel with yellow ocher and then added some darks and rubbed off the lights until I had a decent value study. I then started adding colour. This still has a long way to go but I am excited about the start. The background, her hair, eyebrows shirt etc. are all still the under painting.
I need to get outside. I am actually debating painting the view from my studio window. Yikes!
Wednesday, 18 February 2015
Tuesday, 17 February 2015
What a winter. All this glorious snow and I have either been too sick or it has been too cold to stand at my easel. We just spent three days in Ottawa and it was -25 almost the whole time. I was looking forward to painting in the Ottawa area but needless to say I didn't.