Snow shadows and golden shrubs

snow shadows and golden shrubs painting Jun 26 2019
“Snow Shadows and Golden Shrubs”, 6×8 oil on canvas panel

For the past several days I’ve been diving deep on color mixing exercises, and it felt like time to actually do a painting with some of what I’ve been learning. My drawer of oil paints is suddenly out of control and I used this little painting as a way to test out a plein air palette. My normal set of red, yellow, and blue hasn’t been cutting it for me so I want to expand my selection, but not to the full gamut of colors I have available to me.

I was pretty happy with my ability to mix the colors I wanted with this set, which included:

  • cadmium yellow light
  • cadmium yellow medium
  • cadmium orange
  • cadmium red light
  • alizarin permanent
  • ultramarine blue
  • cobalt blue
  • viridian hue
  • yellow ochre
  • burnt sienna
  • ivory black
  • titanium white
I chose this scene because I liked the violet shadows stretching across the snow combined with the earthy golden shrubs. I started with a notan thumbnail of the shadow and light families, then sketched the drawing onto my panel. My goal was to paint quickly (it was a 60-minute study) with minimal detail and lots of paint. 
The timed part went fine, but I definitely didn’t get the paint on as thickly as I wanted. Will have to keep trying on that!