We've had heavy snow here - well for England it was heavy. It was a foot deep in the countryside yesterday.
Unfortunately, the one day it was really beautiful, deep, powdery and unspoilt - I was teaching all day.
Today it has thawed quite a bit and along the paths and roads is a dirty sludgy mess.
Ithought I'd go out to the meadows with my camera. Though I hate working from photos I'm going to have to if I want to do any snow scenes as
working outside in this weather doesn't suit my arthritis.
I'll just have to remember the colour that was there, subtle and muted and greyed. Then take the knowledge I gained sketching plein air there and try to build this knowledge into the work.
The canal and pools in the water meadows were frozen in places. Reflections were often muted and greyed like the sky.
In the cold light things were silhouetted with little detail.
I have to do some pastels for an upcoming show and I'm thinking of working from the sketches of the pollarded willows in the golden sunlight and now in this icy light.
I need 3 and thought it might be good to link it with the waterways project. They would be much larger drawings/paintings.
A good idea?
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