Friday, December 30, 2011
I took to the woods yesterday, wild and windy as it was. There is a new bypass road opened a month or so ago and as I drive it in the morning, I see all kinds of opportunity for paintings. By the water supply for Torbay, lines of trees are left standing, a wind and snow break for the bypass road and the little woods road that leads off into the forest, lake and beyond. These trees are the remains of thinned out woods, stark, ragged and deprived of sun until now when the landscape was opened up.
I took a number of photos and have some concepts for new paintings. I played around with some of them in Photoshop to see what I could come up with using various filters to produce effects that I may use in future paintings.
There is a thin layer of ice on the water and the sun would peep out from behind scudding clouds now and then allowing some reflections on the frozen lake between the trees. This image is one that I created digitally from one of the images I took. I liked the bluish tone, keeping that feeling of cold in the piece and altered it to a more turquoise colour. I think I still like the first colour the most, which do you prefer?