|The painting was about finished at this stage|
What a great day! I went to Belmont tower which is on the top of a big hill, just outside of Grantham. You may remember that I went up to the top in October and painted a few panoramas looking down. I know this is a place popular with sledges and I really had an urge to paint people sledging! I've never been brave enough to give it a go before, but this year I feel my snowscapes are becoming a bit more adventurous with the movement of animals and people.
The family came too, and we met up with friends there and everyone had a good time sledging and throwing snowballs while I had fun doing my thing!
|Thanks for the photo Imo!|
The tricky thing about this one was... no, not the cold - I'm getting used to that and the only thing cold about me were my toes and they weren't too bad, it was the dilemma of what to put in first - the sledgers or the snow!
You see, I usually like to mass in the large shapes first and worry about details later (like figures), but there was no question of blocking in the white of the snow and then trying to paint very dark figures on top of the wet snow paint because the brush would pick up the white and it would mix in. I also wanted to get some figures in early to give a sense of scale.
|I began like this|
|I went back and forth between the snow and people|
When we got back it was just too dark to get a close up photo so I'll try to do that tomorrow. I found Charlie looking lovely and cosy in my studio - it would have made a good painting subject but you can't be in two places at the same time can you?!
|Think I'll just stay inside in this nest I've made!|