OK, back to northern California, We had some rain finally and now the Sierra's have snow! So I dug up some images and played with things in my head and came up with this:
|Aspen, watercolor, 6X8|
For the falling snow I used Winsor & Newton white Calligraphy Ink. The ink was splattered the usual way, but still didn't quite show up enough so I went back in with a dip pen and put a dot of ink on the semi-transparent dots that were there from the splattering. I was trying to keep it looking random. The colorful tree looks like it should have been more gold, but I was using a maple and they are so definitely RED. It was in a field, but the other trees kept multiplying. I was fixing things and it got out of hand.
For some reason I usually put my light source on the left. I haven't figured out why I do that. I tend to be right handed, but I'm ambidextrous. When I learn something with one hand or the other, it tends to be the one I use for that. Of course they usually teach you to do things with the right hand first.
When I start to sketch something vertical and am not paying close attention, if I step back and take a look, everything is leaning to the right. That's a correction you'll see on lots of my stuff.
I'm also trying to learn to use more purple colors. It's an adjustment I have to make in my perception. It's a beautiful color, but I don't wear it well at all, and after all the avoidance it has to be re-incorporated into my spectrum or palette when I paint.
The Paine Massif picture continues. I'm not sure it "progresses." I like the way the main peak is now, but the rocks and snow at the base are discouraging. I thought I did some good work on it yesterday, but when I went back last night, it wasn't all that good. The shape is too complicated and starts to predominate when the peak is the main figure. I'll see if I can get a good shot of it today and upload it. I have to tone down the foreground. Or something.