Subject: snowy winter scene, Colorado
Notes: I am seriously incapable of taking a nonblurry pic to save my life, even with my perfect ipod camera, sigh. There isn't a high level of detail to this one though, not as much as I had originally intended. I'll have to hang it somewhere that you can't really take a close look at it. Ha!
This time I took a pic after each painting session. It took me six times. Feels like longer than that to me, I guess because of the gap between some of the sessions. I figured frostbit_sky, if no one else, might like to see the progression :)
Actually, the first pic should have been the canvas as it looked after I shlopped gesso over an old, never-finished painting that I started in high school. I don't remember when I gesso'd it but that was also many years ago. I will never do that again! I'd figured it would be like starting anew, and it was, color-wise... but not texture. These pics are probably blurry enough that you can't tell but there are many flaws and it made some parts, the sky in particular, a real bitch to paint. It didn't feel like a primed canvas at all. Maybe I didn't do it carefully enough back in the day.
1. I kind of liked how the trees look like people here, all creepy-like. Early on, when I'm done for the day and have leftover paint, I tend to just slap it on there, knowing it will get painted over. The sky was already giving me fits.
2. Gave up on the sky (I did like how the left side looked, like it was raining in the distance, much like the reference pic). The water got off to a good start.
3. This was a good day, I got the mountains pretty much done (later ended up changing one for the worse though, I see, looking back, gah) and got the trees going. I think I gave that one a "spinal cord" to remind myself to go back and fix the top later. Seriously! I'm sure if I go look closer now I'll find something else I meant to fix later and never did.
4. More work on the trees and now the water is done!
5. Added the village. I intended to go back and do more work in here but decided it looked okay as is.
And 4 pics of the finished painting, cuz I couldn't get a perfect shot in one!
6. I think the 2nd pic shows it the best but it cut off the top, grrrrrr. When I took it to different rooms where I could have a white-ish background framing it when I stepped back enough to get it all in frame, the colors look a little screwy, like they got tinged with yellow. Weird. It better look dark/purple-y like the first two wherever I hang it.
I feel like it takes me longer to paint than it "should." Maybe that's silly and there is no "should," it's only in my head? This time I can (partly) blame the canvas. Each session is between 1.5 - 3 hours (after 3 hours my hand usually starts cramping, and usually I get to a good stopping point before then. Only one of these was 3 hours).