One of our favourite destinations in Northern B.C. is Bijoux Falls, near Mackenzie. It’s a three tier waterfall, at least, but it is a slippery climb through some steep drop offs to get to the upper tiers. Safest to stay behind the fence… although someone had a sense of humour and a creative brain. We did visit the upper falls and got wet through for a reward. It’s hard to complain about leafy water when one enjoys the waterfall mist!
Whew! We’ve had such a busy spring I can’t remember which paintings I’ve posted. I don’t think I would have posted Cattail Dance. It was a demo from our negative painting course in Fairview this April. See how the dark snow behind the frost on the cattails makes the brights stand out?
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!