Thursday, December 30, 2010

Snow Day

Here are a few pictures from snow-shoeing near Lynx Lake after a winter storm in AZ.  The last picture is of Mingus Mountain looking over Prescott Valley, not part of the snow-shoeing hike.  I have an itch to try painting snow.  I've heard it can be difficult, it is not simply using white paint but an appropriate color reflected on the snow.  Enjoy!

Cabin at Phantom Ranch

This painting is a little late for Christmas, but here it is at last.  Oil paint tends to take about four times longer to dry in the winter, hence the tardiness of this image.  I can't say too much about this painting because it was a comission from a photo I did not take.  Nonetheless, I put a little of my own experiences into the painting knowing how this place looks since my wife and I stayed two nights in one of these quaint cabins last March.  They have two bunkbeds, a small bathroom and sink, a heater, and airy windows.  The photo I worked from was from the a few weeks before Christmas and each cabin had a wreath on the door.  The painting is 9x12" using a combination of brush and palette knife.