That little spot just above the snow is Pip, elated to be following his big buddy wherever they might be going. An adventure!
More snow is on the way. Yes, its March in the Peace Country, but how do we feel about that?
Obviously I could use some memory exercises! I wanted to paint a picture I took out at Moonshine Lake but I couldn’t seem to get the picture and my paint kit in the same room at the same time. Since I’ve seen this scene in person millions of times I figured I could paint it from memory. I knew the prevailing colour was purple and there was snow globbed on the trees and under the cattails. Long shadows stretched across the ice.
As I painted, I thought I was getting quite close to the way the scene is, although I wasn’t quite satisfied with the colour scheme and thought there was some disconnect between the warmth at the top of the trees and the chilliness of the ice and shadows.
Only when I finally put the two together did I see how off my colour scheme was! Why didn’t I remember the near monochrome qualities of the snow and shadows? Was I fooled by the old “trees are green” rule?
We always tell students that no one really looks at things until they try painting them. It doesn’t matter if you get something that isn’t absolutely photographically “right” so long as the overall effect is pleasing. That’s what art is!
Judy’s miniature has sold in the Beaverlodge Miniature Show and Sale. She used a moulding paste combined with Brusho to create a loose, textured style.
In another miniature, also in the show, she has used Brusho by itself. It took just a few strokes to suggest the mountain and forest in this vibrant and breezy little painting.
These kids are so impressive! They certainly ended up with some very sophisticated drawings of birds.