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Saturday, April 5, 2008

Close value -- Snowfall: Brasstown, North Carolina


This is a large (for me) landscape, 22" X 28" - oil on canvas, of a scene in the hills of North Carolina. I was there painting for a week and while I was there it snowed, which I gather from the natives is rare. The snow only lasted a day or two and then melted. I was trying a slightly different approach, which is simply to paint thicker than I usually do. The paint stays wet and workable at least a day or two. Actually this one is still wet a week later. I got it on my fingers putting it up to take this picture. I remember what the canvas felt like before and after: it's a lot heavier now. My last post had pictures of the snow in my home area -- that's all gone as well as the temperatures are in the 50s and 60s. This was fun to paint, but challenging as well -- keeping the backgound back. The background hills are very close values with plenty of colors and subtle warms and cools.

2 comments:

rob ijbema said...

very subtle Slim,
the branches are so delicate
and you managed to give me the chills!

Slim Johnson said...

Thanks, Rob, there's a lot of looking and squinting and looking and painting there. Steve