Monday, January 2, 2017

Two Simple Paintings ... Step by Step

I started this with aureolin over all, then  did the leaves in quin. gold with phthalo green, and  green with quin. burnt orange for the darker leaves. The branches were painted with orange, quin. violet and indanthrone.

I used the same colors for the broken reflections . Then mixed aureolin, a quin. pink and cobalt blue  to indicate water.

I used a darker grey [with indanthrone instead of cobalt] to add rain drops, and  accent the focal area.

I used almost all the same colors, tending more to the warms -  aureolin, quin. gold and burnt orange, phthalo green, quin. violet and indanthrone.

I warmed the focal area with a thin w/w application of gold, then some burnt orange was  drawn in and softened.
Both paintings are about 12 x 6 inches.

HAH!!! And I thought we would have a mild winter!!! All of December was fairly cold, then it started to snow at the end of the month. And got even colder!! Nights are down to -10 to -15 C., and not anywhere near freezing during the day.
This is one of the willows in the pond near Bruno's paddock. I have always wanted to do some paintings inspired by it, hence the willow branches.

His Imperial Highness is NOT amused. Actually he's quite warm, wearing a quilted under-blanket and a heavy winter blanket on top. And he gets small mountains of hay, especially at night. [Horses generate body heat when digesting, so always a good idea to increase their hay when cold out.] I had to turn off the water to the barn as the pipes freeze, so I am doing bucket brigade duty with hot water. We are both missing our time together!

As for Maggie, she is quite happy to be outside whatever the weather.

Thank you for dropping by, and I wish you a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!


  1. Such delicate work, Kathryn. makes me feel like a blacksmith :) Thanks for the commentary to the paintings which is always good to read.

    We live on a peninsular which pushes us out into the damp Atlantic air, and though we are north of say, Vancouver, we haven't had snow in this remote spot of Wales for six years. Just fog or storm force winds ... two or three mild frosts so far!!

  2. Beautiful branches, with the reflections, I love them! Stay warm and.. Happy New Year!

  3. Your paintings are always so pretty and your willow tree is just beautiful! Happy New Year!

  4. oh thanks for coming by,,,I appreciate your input! Maggie looks great in the white stuff. Also, the step by step is wonderful as I love to see your process. Wishing you a creative 2017....keep those brushes wet!

  5. Dear Kathryn so fun to see what is inspiring you and to view your lovely willow branches. Must say friend that Bruno is looking quite handsome and Maggie as always lovely. Guess the winter weather did decide to visit you as well. Hope you have a blessed coming New Year. Looking forward to many visits in 2017 with you. Hugs!

  6. It's been awhile since you've done work in process! I love when you do... I hope you are well. I look forward to the next step!!!

  7. Great reflections :)

    and keep the snow there lol its very pretty but I'm not use to it now :p