Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Snow in June (Above Treeline) Painting as of April 1, 2020


Today I worked on this painting again. My focus was the mountains in the distance.  My reference (posted here March 23) is a photograph that I took in two summers ago during a trip to Colorado.  I started by turning both the painting and my reference photo upside-down, and refined the shapes of the patches of snow, using white and mauve paint.  Working with the images upside-down helped, as it always does.  Then I turned the painting right-side-up, made a few corrections to some lines, and started to soften some of the the colors to suggest distance.  To be continued. . . .


Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Snow in June (Above Treeline) Painting as of March 31, 2020


This morning, I worked on this painting again.  I am trying to capture the wonder of seeing snow in June, high in the mountains of Colorado.  My reference is a photo that I took in June of 2018 during a visit to my home stat.  Today I reworked the top lines of the composition, lowering the silhouette of the distance mountains. That meant that the sky would also need to be repainted, and I started that as well, but more work to come on the sky.  I also worked more on the snow, and used a wash to modify the color of those mountains with a mauve wash, making them closer to gray.  Getting there, but there are still things that need to be fixed. To be continued. . . .

Monday, March 30, 2020

Snow in June (Above Treeline) Painting as of March 30, 2020


Today I continued work on this painting.  My reference is posted here March 23, a photo that I took during a summer trip to Colorado in 2018.  I am trying to capture that glimpse of snow that you can see above the treeline, even in the summer.  Today I worked on added some earth tones to the mountains, suggesting earth and rock seen through the vegetation.  These are the Rocky Mountains, after all.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Snow in June (Above Treeline) Painting as of March 29, 2020


I worked on this painting this morning.  My painting reference (posted here March 23) is a photo that I took a trip to Colorado. It was June of 2018 and as we drove into the mountains, I remembered learning as a kid that in the summer there is snow in the mountains above the treeline.  Today I worked on the mountain slopes in the foreground, trying to get the progression of colors right.   

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Snow in June (Above Treeline) Painting as of March 28, 2020


This morning, I continued work on this painting.  My reference (posted here March 23) is a digitally modified version of a photo that I took during my last trip to Colorado (in June, 2018).  I chose the photo because it shows snow in the mountains above treeline (elevation too high for trees to grow).  Today I started to add green to some of the closer areas, and also sketched in some trees.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Snow in June (Above Treeline) Painting as of March 27, 2020


I worked on this painting again today.  My reference is a snapshot taken during my most recent trip to Colorado (posted here March 23).  I am trying to capture the wonder of seeing snow in the summer, high in the Rocky Mountains.  After revising the top line of the mountains, I am fairly well satisfied with the composition, so I began to add some color, mainly to the sky and to the mountain peaks that are above the treeline (the high elevation where trees can't grow).

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Snow in June (Above the Treeline) Painting as of March 26, 2020


This is the painting I started two days ago.  I am working from a photo that I took during a trip to Colorado in 2018 (posted here March 23).  Since childhood drives into the Rocky Mountains, I have always been amazed seeing snow in the summer.  Today I adjusted the lines of the mountains, especially those toward the top of the image.