featured gallery for december...
It's a new month so that means a new gallery to be featured. December - what gallery could it be? Yes, you're right - 'Winter Wonderland'. It had to be really didn't it. Winter can be a surprisingly colourful time for an artist. When we're young we tend to associate snow with being white which technically I suppose it is. In reality though it very seldom appears white to our eyes. This is because it reflects light so takes on the colour of its surrounds. Generally this gives it a blue hue (reads easier than it says!) due to the sky colour. I use ultramarine blue as this gives a slight hint of warmth. So my snow paintings start with a blue wash and then I work my forward adding tones and details - classic watercolour technique. You can have a closer look at how I painted "Winter Path to Dane's Dyke" here.
For iPad paintings the technique is completely the opposite. I can start with the dark tones and work on lighter ones much as you do with oils. The colours are just the same though - not too much pure white. So - wrap up warm and enjoy a pleasant stroll through my winter wonderland.
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Professional artist now semi retired and enjoying being eccentric!