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Thursday, 31 July 2008

Texture & Depth - Snow on the Mountains


Snow on the Mountains
Acrylic on acid free mount board
20.4 by 25.5 cm, 8 by 10 inches, including a 1.3 cm, 0.5 inch, white border

I was attracted to the snow on the mountains and wanted to emphasize the luminous glow of the snow. Texture is normally seen in the foreground and not the background. In this situation, I adopted techniques similar to the impressionists. I put thick strokes of a pink tinged white for the mountains’ snow. After this layer had dried, I glazed over the thick strokes with yellow in places and later added dabs of orange. Like impressionist works, if you view the painting up close, you see texture and a break up of form. When you are a few steps back from the painting, the texture is not as evident and you see the luminous yellow white snow.