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.


Douglas said...


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!