OK, paint a little and walk away - 6 times today. This photo below shows it colour balanced as close to the actual painting as I can get it right now.
Decision time - Do I like it enough to finish it? Do I like it enough to spend $400 to double mat and frame it? Or should I treat it as a practice for an oil painting? Or put it away for a few months and then see what I think of it?
And here comes the next community art program! Covid19 compliant and FREE! Register online:
It's dark enough now, but looking a little coarse, so next the details. Cattails, branches, bushes on the near bank, and the interesting colours of the icy shoreline. Carry the near-shore shadow up the hillside to show that it is the last ray of sunshine coming through a slot in the hills. Change the colour of Nicola Nose to bluish and rocky, maybe a little sunlight up there.
I notice that my studio's yellowish lighting is changing the photo colours a lot, which might be affecting my paint mixing too. I will need to find lights that are more natural coloured. The next photos will be taken outside, weather and wind permitting, to get more accurate colour.
The "Here and Now" sketch program was just posted yesterday and already 8 are registered! Most are people who have taken my 'magic hand drawing' session. We need to make the instruction video asap so the new students can get started too. Wonders of modern technology, yet again!
Valley Visual Artists
Merritt once had a local art group called "Valley Visual Artists." They painted together regularly, organized annual art shows and hosted art workshops. It faded away, but never really disappeared. Maybe the VVA will rise again...