Winter Peak

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Winter Peak. 2014. Acrylic on Canvas. 20×30

I’ve gone back to my comfort zone (black and white) and I couldn’t be happier.

The best part about painting winter landscapes is working on capturing movement with brush strokes. This piece didn’t have as much movement as Whistler since it was more of a static scene, but I was still happy with how the snow and trees turned out. Trees have become a recent favorite of mine to paint, but the exposed rocks on the mountain ridge have proven to be a fun new challenge for me as well. It really makes me focus on shutting down my right brain and just letting the brush do what it may. It’s more about capturing shadows and highlights than trying to paint what a rock looks like. Meanwhile, trees are all about keeping the brush moving, using lines and the abstract to portray something real we see every day.

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