Just when I was starting to get a little bit excited about spring (I even unzipped my coat at West Wittering on Friday, a bold step), temperatures drop over night and we get another dumping of snow. To be honest, I wasn't overly excited about it, but then I remembered that Haslemere had looked so pretty with white rooftops and I took the opportunity to head out on Sunday morning. As I drove in along Lower Street I was struck by the shapes formed by the chimney stacks and rooftops along the left hand side. All the tones worked together really nicely. I checked out a few other compositions in the town, but decided the first one I had seen was the best.
This session just worked. I was in a great mind set - I didn't rush, I wasn't distracted, my mixing was deliberate and accurate and I worked with intention - I was focused and didn't hesitate or have a 'gah what do I do now?!' moment. If only every session was like that!
I wish I had taken progress pictures (for myself more than anything!) but I just didn't think. I put a 8x12" board up first, but quickly swapped this for a 10x10" because I needed more height. The board had been pretinted with pale umber and I softly drew in the chimney stacks and rooftops first. I was conscious to keep the tones soft - I think you need to for a snow scene. And I wanted the snow to be the feature and not be overshadowed by strong tones for the architecture. I worked downwards sketching out, then once blocking in was finished, I worked in the sky. Then followed the two cars, the areas of snow and finally the road.
The snow stayed overnight and the light was really soft, so I walked out from home this morning. There is a house along Liphook Road that I always admire and it looked fabulous in the snow. Again, no progress shots (it was too bloody cold!) but I was kindly invited in by the owners who gave me tea and a tour of their beautiful home. It has quite a history and it was fascinating to hear about it. It's the sort of house I could happily paint interiors of too!