Saturday, February 19, 2011

Radiating Snow Shadows

Diagonal Snow Shadows
6" x 6" Oil on panel
$100.00 + $10. s/h

Last fall I did a series of paintings using aspen tree shadows to study Edgar Payne's forms of composition. After our recent snow I went for a walk and took photos.  It was way to cold for plein air work. This piece combines his radiating and diagonal lines arrangements.  Had I shown more of the shadow from the hidden tree on the right, you would easily see the radiating lines.  But, since that's not visible this is almost diagonal.   I think combining arrangements would be okay with Edgar Payne.  He stated:  "it is well to improvise without considering any particular form or arrangement." 

19 comments:

Kathy Cousart said...

Beautiful and so well done. You simplified and in that made this more stunning:)

Maria's Watercolor said...

I enjoy your paintings very much, love the simplicity of your subjects and the interest you bring to them, this composition is wonderful.

Denise Rose said...

I love his composition book also and this is a great example of putting those ideas into practice. Beautiful shadows!

carringtonpbrown said...

love the colors in the shadows

AutumnLeaves said...

I rarely consider rules when I paint...(and it probably shows! LOLOL) This is lovely and I like the colors you've picked up in the snow. I like Kathy's comment and agree with her.

julie davis said...

This one really caught my eye, Pam. Lovely shadows and a very inviting composition.

Susan E. Roden said...

Can feel the chill + crispness in the air. The painting is so effective.
Nice Pam!

Jan Yates, SCA said...

really like your strong composition re cropped top-exaggerating the fabulous shadow angles-as always beautiful varied brushwork-especially likeyour colours in white

Happy Little Trees Studio said...

Wonderful! Love how this looks! I really need to work on doing shadows in the snow.

Amy Hillenbrand said...

Pam, this is really nice, even though it is of snow the piece has a very warm welcoming peaceful quality to it.

Dayna Talbot said...

Love this composition and Your colors for the shadows are great...you fell the coolness in the air!

Ruth Andre said...

When I looked at the DPO site this morning your painting was a favorite. Love the calm snowy landscape.

Nancy B. Hartley said...

Pam, Love your shadow paintings! So dramatic, and abstract!

Shirley Fachilla said...

Such a simple and strong composition, all the better to highlight your beautiful brushwork.

Dewberry Fine Art said...

Love all the color in snow. Another nice one!

mary maxam said...

the electric blues are so perfect in relating that cold clear day!

Deborah Elmquist said...

Not only do I love the feel of the snow but the perspective you painting from pulls you into the painting. Beautiful!

Pam Holnback said...

Kathy, thank you. Simplification is a big part of it all!

Thank you Maria, So glad you like the composition. It is possible to say a lot with a little.

Denise, Thanks. For me, I have to see it and then do it. These studies allow me to do that.

Thank you Carrington. I saw the shadows a little bluer, but wanted them warmer.

Sherry, thanks so much. It´s not always necessary to follow rules, but they sure help! And, they are such a great learning tool.

Thank you so much Julie!

Susan, Thank you! And yes, it was way too cold that week!

Thank you so much Jan. It can make a much more effective piece, and say as much if not more, by just showing a little bit.

Kimberly, thank you. Shadows are fun, and they can become the subject matter.

Thank you Amy, So glad you like it. The weather that week was so cold, I think that even you guys had snow that week. And, I wanted a warm feeling.

Pam Holnback said...

Dayna, thank you so much. It is always a challenge when painting snow, whether to stick w. the cool or warm it up. I prefer on the warm side.

Thank you so much Ruth!

Nancy, As always, thank you!

Thank you Shirley. Simple is often better!

Dori, thanks. So glad you like it!

Mary, Thank you. Snow shadows complement the warmth of the snow.

Deborah, thank you so much!