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I originally made the tent way too big, so I painted over it with the dark blue/black, let that dry and then painted it in again in a smaller size.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.