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Thursday, February 21, 2013

snowy day

        I love how snow transforms the familiar landscape.  This is a street in our neighborhood during our really big snow storm a couple years ago.  I sketch in pencil first on a sanded paper.  Then I pick out most of the colors I plan to use.  I have hundreds of pastels (it's my one weakness), so it's easier to have them at the ready.  This composition uses only white, several values of a grayish purple and a little red.
      There was initially going to be a fire hydrant for the red element but that did not work out.   Instead I used the cluster of oak leaves as a bit of red.  It's always so maddening how the oaks hang on to some of their leaves and drop them in the spring but for once it was helpful. 

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