Friday, January 4, 2013

Saratoga Lake Oil Sketch

"Lake Ice Saratoga", 6 x 8, oil on linen

Part of my new approach to painting involves working more from memory and on site sketches.  Eventually I hope to get rid of photo references all together.   I am spending more time working out different design ideas and color combinations before starting a new work.  I worked from a couple of graphite sketches to create this little color study.  I was trying to capture the feel of an icy morning at the lake in late Fall.  There was just a light dusting of snow on the lake grasses and trees.   I remember the different colors of the shoreline were a mix of pale warm and cool colors.  I love the pale pinks, greens and greys that you see in a late Fall landscape.

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