This is the landscape I was working on a few weeks ago. The client was giving it as a gift, so I’ve held back on posting about it.
I started out with a few thumbnail sketches that I sent to the client. The bottom right was approved so I got to work.
I toned the canvas with burnt sienna. It’s one of my favorite colors, and it make for nice temperature contrast when you are painting a lot of cool colors over it.
I tend to paint pretty thin. I usually move across the painting filling in areas at medium finish and then going back over it for details. That, of course only works because I sketched in the composition first. When painting from life, it works better for me to bring the whole painting up together, rather than moving across it.
So, animated gifs have been around for a long time. I’ve seen weird little cartoon people and cats falling off of chairs, but recently I’ve seen a few gifs that were a little more artistic. The idea of a looping image created purely for aesthetics was novel to me, and I had to try it out.
This is an image from one of my recent adventures that those who follow my blog will recognize. But you couldn’t really see the snow that was falling in the original. So, I added falling snow as a looping gif. Nothing amazing, but kind of cute.
I’m considering making short loops like this using my dimensional illustrations, maybe even a little stop-motion.
It snowed again yesterday. So naturally, I couldn’t stay inside. I took a little hike in the foothills—elevation wise it didn’t compare to last time. But I still got plenty of snow in my boots and took plenty of photos. The only subjects up there are mostly snow, trees and rocks so instead of bore you with every imaginable composition of snow and trees, I will only include a couple shots.
I found this little tree on the way back and thought it deserved to be photographed.
I wasn’t able to get a photo of the most interesting thing I ran across—a pheasant. I heard him squawk on my way up, so I knew he was there somewhere, but forgot about it until I came across his tracks in the snow. I followed them to a cluster of scrub-oak and suspected he might be inside. But not realizing he might two feet in front of me, I didn’t have my camera ready. I bent over to look inside and that was too much for him. He exploded into the air right in front of my face and nearly knocked me over.
I actually flushed him a second time on my way back. This time my camera was ready, but in the failing light all I got were grey smudges.