Alpine Trail, 16″ x 20″ acrylic on canvas, copyright © Kathryn Beals
This is one of my older paintings, and I was still in a beginner phase where I tried to copy photos too closely without improving the composition. However, I’m glad I turned up the intensity of the blues to capture the shadows on snow. This is the original photo that I worked with when I got back:
This was another one of those trips where, due to bad snow conditions and overly optimistic planning, we arrived long after dark. We did get to see this amazing sunset over the mountains, and I’m glad we stopped to take photos:
Here are some detail shots from the painting:
I used a mix of Ultramarine Blue and Phthalo Blue to color the snow shadows, and just a hint of Nickel Azo Yellow in the trees where the sun is shining through.