View Full Version : Winters Shadow (Acrylic and ArtRage)

03-22-2010, 08:42 AM
Sorry I haven't been around much lately... Between work, school, and the kids starting baseball and soccer, I have had very little time to sit at the computer and even less time to paint (urrgggh!)

This is a painting of some Aspen trees in the snow that I started on canvas with Acrylic. It got to a point that I wasn't sure which direction I wanted to bring it so I snapped a photo of it, downloaded it into AR and started experimenting. The image of just the trees and shadows is the acrylic on canvas version, the one with the leaves and added shadows and branches is the AR makeover. I tried to make the changes in AR using tools that will be feasible to translate back onto the canvas version if I decide to change it. Thanks for checking it out!

03-22-2010, 09:08 AM
Awesome atmosphere you have there! I like the second one, reminds me of many places I have been living in Colorado.

03-22-2010, 09:22 AM
The second is my favorite as well because the stark bare trunks against the snow say "still of deep winter" so beautifully! Very nice work Ed.

And don't be a stranger -- we've missed you of late! Al

03-22-2010, 09:56 AM
I like them both... crispy cold and beautiful. Good idea to use both media Sketch. :)

03-22-2010, 10:13 AM
Great paintings Sketch and what a great idea. I like the second one as is has a wonderful simplicity about it but they are both so very very nice:)

Peter Pinckney
03-22-2010, 10:24 AM
Hi Sketch .......... I prefer the first one with the leaves.........Superb impression it leaves (no that's NOT a pun)

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03-22-2010, 10:27 AM
Sketch, wonderful what you are studying. I like both versions, like the shades of colors, like the composition and foresee the overlay of AR-Acrylic.:)

03-22-2010, 11:03 AM
Sketch, this is a very fine "experiment." Fascinating to compare the two media.

03-22-2010, 11:06 AM
Hey Eddie, same here too, I had a lot of these Urrrgggh moments too the last weeks. It seems I just can't find enough spare time at the moment to post and paint as I'd like to. :(
I think both of versions of the painting are great.I could see you just developing the lights and details on the bark and the snow in the second one, as it already has a great feel to it as it is, but I also really like the leaves and the more versatile shadows in the upper one. Great concepts. Looking forward seeing it when you've finished it.

Peter Pinckney
03-22-2010, 11:55 AM

I had to come back on this ..............I keep coming back to see the first image..............and I don't remember doing this before...........it's really great Man!!

03-22-2010, 01:38 PM
Both are great but I likethe first best, it has such a crisp, cold, sunny day feel to it :D

03-22-2010, 01:45 PM
Stunning Eddie, totally stunning!:)

03-22-2010, 06:34 PM
Both look amazing sketch. I love where you've placed the large spruce/fir tree, it creates so much visual interest and great contrast in both texture and tone to the aspen trees. :):)

03-23-2010, 08:29 AM
Krondelo, thank you! Every year I try to make sure I drive up to see the Aspen trees changing in the fall but I seem to always miss it. A beautiful time of year in the Rockies!:D:D

Thank you AT-TA! It was a little difficult painting a cold winter scene being that I am totally done with winter and very much ready for Spring!:D:D

Thanks Al! I think I agree with you on the preference being the one without the leaves. The original painting was to be a pure winter scene and the addition of the leaves changes not just the overall temperature of the painting but the season as well. Thanks again for all your input on this!:D:D:D

Thank you Coops! If I could paint flowers as well as you I would attempt to make some tulips popping up out of the snow to change it to an early Spring painting. That would be another interesting way of adding some color and interest to this.:D:D

Thank you Peter!!! So you are telling me to "leaf" it alone? lol! Thanks a bunch for your comment and the fact that you came back for a second look and even another comment truly gave me a boost of enthusiasm for this project. Thank you so much!!!:D:D:D:D

Thank you Oriane! The journey continues! Your site is magnificent and I am still exploring it. Thank you for the link to me in it!:D:D The section on color is a magnificent study of the power of painting with the primaries. I look forward to following up more with you on this !:):)

Thank you Scott! It has been a fascinating journey so far using both mediums and I feel like I am learning a lot from both!:D:D

Thanks Belvrog! Yes, even if I decide to leave it without the leaves, more work needs to be done on the shadows, highlights, and foreground details before I call this one done. Thanks a bunch for checking it out!:D:D

Thank you JustJean for the wonderful comment! Crisp is a good description of the first one!:D:D

Thank you Sandra for the comment:D:D:D

Thanks Juz! The acrylic version was truly more of a study on value more than anything. The palette was simple using only ultramarine blue, burnt umber, a tiny bit of raw sienna in the background, and white. The limited colors forced me to focus on value! Thanks for the comment and checking it out!:D:D

03-23-2010, 09:18 AM
The first one is more interesting but I like both and what a great idea!

03-23-2010, 11:34 AM
I really like them both Eddie, but from the artrage experiment I think taking the first one all the way to the finished artrage stage would be worht it if you could do it. It just seems more developed and interesting. Anyway the combination piece is a masterpiece in any format.

03-23-2010, 02:12 PM
Great stuff Sketch.
I love Aspens, and have tried to paint them, but never
I really like what you did with them.:):)

03-23-2010, 05:00 PM
I can't decide if all those vertical lines are enjoyable or distracting. It is clearly not abstract, but somehow I get an abstract feeling. If it were hanging on a wall in a gallery, I think it would get a lot of people pausing to look at it which is a good thing.

I like the AR version with the added color best.

I'm glad you posted this. It is different from most of your other work in the gallery.