|"Frozen Beauty, January 12, 2016", oil on panel, 12" x 12", c. 2016 Charlene Marsh|
I lay out the paint in the studio before I head out so I can get started painting right away. I also don't want to carry the extra weight of the tubes of paint. As soon as I laid out the paint in the pochade and packed my Kelty backpack, I bundled up and headed out.
I stopped here to paint. How much more beautiful can the forest be? Beautiful but very difficult to hike through. I got my pochade and tripod set up in quick time.
I am actually standing in the creek while I paint with the legs of the tripod in the water, too. Luckily, I have some great, insulated, waterproof boots although I forgot to slip some toe warmers in them before heading out.
After laying out the scene with a quick sketch, I start by blocking in the dark creek and then move to the snow in the shadows. I mix a violet-blue and add white.
Okay, I confess, I got so "into" working on the painting I forgot to shoot more pictures in progress. I usually go into a trance state while painting and am just focused on what I am doing. I was also trying to get it done while the paint was still workable.
Finally satisfied with the finished painting, I packed up my supplies and break down. My feet were really, really cold and I wanted to go ahead and take a hike and warm up. So I left my painting gear along the trail by the creek and headed deeper into the woods, marveling at the intense beauty and peace and quiet.
Here is the finished painting:
|"Frozen Beauty, January 12, 2016", 12" x 12", plein air oil on panel, Code # 011216 12x12|
Update: January 27, 2018. I recently finished a 24" x 36" version of this painting in the studio. You can see it and read the blog HERE.
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