What was on the easel
|Color study - 4.5"x 4.5" - Oil on paper|
|Rural Winter - 14"x 14" - Oil on canvas|
|Only in Winter - 18"x 18" - Oil on canvas|
What is it that hinders the smooth, progressive creation of a painting? Well, apart from emotional issues (how we're feeling on a particular day can play a small part), the major hindrances can always be traced back to the same old principles: clarity of concept, composition, drawing, values, color, technique...and insufficient preliminary work. Rural Winter was pretty much created from imagination, so I had to imagine how the scene would appear in winter. Imaginative works always seem to take longer to birth...at least for me. Another area of great struggle was creating a convincing relationship of trees to sky. This area was probably repainted five or six times. I had pretty good reference for Only in Winter, except for the background, tree in sunlight, and mother pulling her son on the sled. My mistake here was not doing any preliminary work, so all the successes and failures were created right there on the canvas...put down and rubbed out until it was correct.