I had planned to paint in the Brown County State Park as part of the Arts in the Park grant project. We got snow the day before and I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to capture the snow in the park in some areas I have scouted out.
So I loaded my supplies
in the van and headed out. Much to my surprise, as I turned south off
Lanam Ridge and headed downhill, the snow all disappeared! Not a bit
left anywhere! I drove all the way over to the park hoping to find snow
in the hollers but, alas, nothing! Seems Lanam Ridge was the dividing
line between snow and no snow! So I turned around and headed back to
paint in Yellowwood State Forest which did not disappoint.
Not a lot of snow on the
ground but some and it continued snowing most of the afternoon. Not the
big fluffy stuff but the small, hard, snow pellets fell steadily and
necessitated the use of the umbrella to keep the snow from gumming up my
paint palette. The scarf hanging on the tree branch during set up was
wrapped around my face as I continued to paint! Standing to paint for
long periods can be bone chilling even when the temperatures hover in
the mid-thirties. Compared to the days when temps were closer to 20,
this was downright balmy!
I started with the darks
of the creek banks and then moved to the more delicate colors of
winter. The pale salmon colored beech leaves, the receding hills and
trees in the distance, and the blue green shale of the creek are all
rendered with a sensitive eye and hand.The creek itself is a mix of cerulean blue, cadmium yellow, and cadmium red light and cadmium red medium with titanium white.
I work back and forth between the foreground and background, popping in the falling snow that was building up on some tree branches creating delicate tendrils snaking through the trees. Here is the finished painting:
"Snowing, February 25, 2016", oil on panel, 12" x 12", by Charlene Marsh.
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