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Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Ice on Lakes in Art, My Painting Chilly Winter Lake, Monet




I am not certain I have completed my above painting, Chilly Winter Lake. In this painting I wanted to convey a sense of cold, chill and ice. I had a problem when I first painted the iced lake. The sky temperature was warmer than the lake. A lake will reflect a number of colors (hues) including the sky, colors beneath the ice and its surroundings.  I studied a number of reference photos. The ice in the photos looked a muted light blue. When I used my eyedropper tool I found the ice was a mixture of hues (color) but primarily a muted blue green. I again painted the lake and made the ice light values (gray scale) of blue green with some pinks from the sky color. This made the temperature of the ice warmer than the sky. I was careful to lighten, gray and cool the ice as it moved back into space.
 
In Monet's painting, Floating Ice, the water reflects hues from the sky, trees and bushes. The ice particles on the water are warm temperatures of muted pinks and oranges.

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