Sunday, April 29, 2012

"Spring Thaw", new plein air oil painting by Sharon Lynn Williams

"Spring Thaw", 9 x 12" plein air oil on board

This is the second one from my day at Elbow Falls. I got a letter from a follower asking me how I managed to get the feeling of light streaming across the snow in "Elbow River -Winter Colour". Great question and I thought you might be interested in hearing the answer too. For the snow in the light, I added just a touch of yellow ochre. For the snow shadows, I used a grayed blue-violet (cobalt blue, violet and a touch of yellow ochre to gray). When those two are placed next to each other, the snow in the sun just sparkles. It is simply a matter of contrasts: warm/cool; light/dark; and saturated/unsaturated as well as complementary contrast.
As the snow shadows aren't as important in the painting above, I toned down those contrasts so that you could instead focus on the colour of the water against the snow.

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Donna MacDonald said...

Sharon, this is awesome! The snow really glows.

Charles said...

wow, this painting makes the summer cool, love this landscape painting! thank you