Tuesday, January 25, 2011

01.25.2011 ~ santa fe winter, iii


— santa fe winer. iii
— 6 x 6 inches oil on panel — copyright dawn chandler 2011


I thought this one would be easy. Afterall, there's not much to it: A simple line of trees, a bit of duel-colored sky, and a swath of sun-striped snow. The composition is simple and there just aren't that many color variations—maybe six. And yet ARRRRGH! I struggled with this! The most frustrating part was trying to get the right color for the sun-highlighted evergreen trees. That's a challenge that has vexed me in other paintings. To my eye, the color of late day sun-highlighted evergreen trees is usually a rusty-orange brown color. Trying to achieve the correct hue and shade and apply it without making the trees look dead can be a real a struggle. After a few stops and starts I think I finally pulled it off here, but just barely. Really, the color of the tree highlights could be a shade lighter, but I'm going to leave it and quit while I'm barely ahead.

2 comments:

Douglas said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mf5otGNbkuc

This will be worth the 19 mins it takes to view.

The Artist's Life Experiment said...

That is the color I see too...but you are right, it could look like dead trees very easily. Kudos on fighting your way through AND knowing when to stop!
I just finished a painting that involved a lot of concrete and half way through I thought it was a grey disaster. Eventually, I was glad that I kept going!