Finished Snow Painting: Solstice

I just finished this painting yesterday:


Solstice, 24″x 30″ acrylic on canvas, copyright © 2014 Kathryn Beals

This is from memories of winter camping in the Sierra mountains with my husband.  I actually started this one a few years ago, got frustrated and put it away.  I dug it out yesterday and tried again, and I was much happier with the result this time.

I originally made the tent way too big, so I painted over it with the dark blue/black, let that dry and then painted it in again in a smaller size.  This is one of the reasons I love painting in acrylic – it’s easy to fix mistakes.  I should have taken progress photos, but this artist has a great tutorial that shows a similar fix.

Here’s the tent detail in the finished painting:


I also experimented with adding color to the snow.  The trees and foreground were originally plain white, which was too stark. I worked in some thin transparent Quinacridone magenta to the black and blue in the sky.  I also layered in more Anthraquinone blue and Phthalo blue over the black.  These colors are very transparent and are good for layering.  Then I touched up the trees and foreground with some of that mix, very sparingly.

quinacridone_magentaanthraquinone_blue pthalo_blue_gs



You can buy this painting in my Etsy shop as a digital print or canvas print.

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