Judy painted this scene in order to capture the glow of the shadow of the snow. On a bright day, snow shadows can be astonishing colours: blue, purple, or this particular luminescent shade of grey. There it is in the clouds as well, that translucence that comes out of the brightest of whites.
The idea behind this painting was to paint the forest behind the lone tree in front, building depth with colour and tree-like shapes. It was sort of negative painting; I painted each section around the front tree, leaving blank the trunk and globs of snow as I darkened the space around them. I was also working on creating contrast by softening the background with water, lifting, and loose brush strokes while the front tree was sharply defined. Turns out I like the odd composition with a vertical trunk right up the centre. Somehow the turbulent greens behind draw the eye down the trunk until the simpler lines at the bottom help to make sense of the scene. My eye actually goes back and forth between spaces in the same way my brush did when I painted them.
Our first Grade Six class of this year at Artists at School was most delightfully. They took great pleasure and artistic care in creating these beautiful forests using some advanced techniques. Negative painting, shading and loose sketching are all fairly difficult to do one at a time, never mind all at once with the new medium of water soluble pencil. Well done!
Our Grade Four Classes have done a wonderful job of their bird drawings! Every one of these is a great depiction of the real bird they were learning to observe and reproduce on paper. Each has life and character.