Friday, 15 February 2013

Snow melt

Here is an 8x10in plein air study done on a Saturday morning when we had a rare combination of snow and sunshine (most of the time when we've had snow it's pretty overcast).


Snow melt, Castlethorpe - 8x10in, oil on board (click image for larger version)

I was perched on a hump road bridge with cars chugging past all the time and had to work fast. I also had a stinking cold but was determined to make the most of the brief weather window of opportunity. 

By the time I'd finished the snow on the foreground had almost disappeared after the sun had done it's work for a hour or so. I was drawn to the 'S' bend rhythms and the contrast of warm and cool colours. I was also rather taken with the branch on the right which enhanced the flow of lines. Tones were critical for this one to work and made sure I related each part to the whole as best as I could. 

I debated as to whether to add the sheep on the right after they wandered into view half way through. It seemed rude not to so in they went, albeit rather sheepishly....sorry, awful pun :)  As the snow melt, it's nice the way the grass starts to peek through. Some of the nearby ploughed fields turn light pink as the soil starts to become visible and looks a bit odd so I'm glad I avoided those.

I'm in two minds as to whether to attempt a bigger studio version but I ought to give it a go before the spring arrives and the cold weather melts from memory. As the weather's been so poor recently I've been dabbling with a few studio efforts and will hopefully have one or two to post up in the near future. Looking forward to some spring sunshine and getting out and about!

10 comments:

  1. Une très jolie publication... J'apprécie de lire les mots qui accompagnent cette très belle composition. Bien que je n'aime pas particulièrement la neige, je trouve que vous avez beaucoup de talent pour la peindre. Toutes mes félicitations.
    J'aime aussi votre palette de couleurs.
    gros bisous

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    1. Merci beaucoup, content que tu like it :) C'était amusant de peindre et une chance rare d'attraper quelques ombres ces belles couleurs! Dans l'attente de quelques séances de peinture les plus chauds du printemps et de l'été!

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  2. Brilliant Work as usual!! Nice shot DAVE!!!

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    1. Cheers Adebanji. I was quite lucky finding that spot when I did. The snow was melting fast and a couple of hours later most of it had gone! Such is the nature of the plein air beast :)

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  3. I like the subtle colors in this one David. I always enjoy your plein air work but look forward to seeing some more of your studio work. Our weather has mostly been nice this winter. Next week I'm taking a three day plein air workshop with Jill Carver (from England) and am hoping the weather holds.
    Doug

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    1. Thanks Doug. The workshop sounds great! I subscribe to Jill's blog and love her work. I'm quite envious of your three days. Enjoy :)

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  4. Lovely painting David. All the curves in the composition really make your eyes softly wander in the painting. The patches of green and brown grass break the monotony of snow and add some variety. And your purple snow shadows are spot on. Looking forward to seeing your studio work.

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  5. Thanks Valerie, makes such a difference when the sun comes out and you get little treats like those purple shadows. I'm not fully convinced it'll work as a studio piece but might pluck up the courage to have a go! Hope things are good with you.

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  6. Nice plein air David. Love the winter time but down here in Texas near Houston no chance for snow until next year maybe. Seems like everyone is wanting spring time to come including me :) Funny about the lady wanting you to come inside. Maybe her way of trying to smooch on you eh? lol

    ~Randall

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  7. Thanks Randall :) Roll on Spring. Thought it had arrived earlier in the week but now the forecasters are saying we're heading for a cold snap! Hope you're getting some better weather out in Texas. The lady who urged me indoors was, at a guess, in her eighties!

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