Twenty years ago I made my come back to art. I had not painted anything at all, except for one acrylic I did when I was on a much needed vacation.
Then, during grad school, we went for a few days to Big Bear lake between Christmas and New Year to enjoy some relaxation. Hubby had a customer who had very generously offered his cabin in the mountains for us to use. Now I think of it, it was probably our first time to ever stay in the mountains (9000 feet).
Since I come from a very flat land, where 2/3 of it is below sea level, this was exciting!
The kids were playing outside in the snow, and hubby took a nap on the couch. Here was my free moment! I put the 6 tubes of watercolor and one brush I bought for this occasion on the table. The snow was glistening in the sun, so my natural instinct was to look through the big sliding doors, and my eyes fell on the shed.
Since I didn't know the rules of watercolor, I left the paper white for the snow area. The only color I used was van Dyke brown. My eyes had not learned yet to notice the colors and the different shades I would see now. I've come a long way!
This little watercolor I did in the late eighties was a good first try, but it was not till the beginning nineties that I desired to get some skill in this medium. For the first 10 years of my come-back I only painted watercolors during my vacations.
My new Rendition of the ShedNow I know more about painting, I would not recommend this scene for a beginner.
For a stronger focus on the shed, I moved the small tree to a different place.
I started with the "bare" background, but that made the scene grave and somber. But this place represents excitement and relaxation to me, so I went with a natural look.
As I was adding branches covered with snow, it started looking like the backside of my knitting work! After thumbing through my favorite book of Kessler, "Painting Better Landscapes" I realized that I had forgotten to watch the "negative spaces" (a term painters use for the spaces between the objects, so that means here the sky holes between the branches). Much better afterward!
Since white is the sum of all colors, it picks up the reflection of the colors that are surrounding the snow. The shed was actually the easiest.
A painting of a shed could easily turn into a cliche painting, so I added the rays of sun light hitting the shed.
I'm still not totally finished, although excited, with my new rendition, but I wanted to post it before a snow scene would be a landscape of the past for most of you.
Hm, now where to hang it?
On my blog ART NOTES are some more details about the process of this painting. Please click on the top image on right side bar to see it.
PS. It's inevitable that I will at some point arrange for an Etsy Shop, but till that time please email me a Jeannette(dotCoevorden1(at)yahoo(dot)com, for details of pricing and shipping (it changed since 2008, so the list on my art website is not valid anymore). A collectors item, since this is a memory of my first "come back"painting, I will offer you a nice print on smooth art paper, or on canvas.