Monday, February 13, 2017

Big Sky

"Big Sky"
Image size 11" x 15"
The reference photo for this painting is from 2000.  We used to go to Big Sky, Montana at Christmas each year to ski.  I am not a skier, but I was content to sit by the fire with a good book and coffee (or wine).
I love the look of shadows on snow and wanted to try to paint a snow scene this week since it is winter.  I started this painting as a poured painting, but when I removed the resist that I had used to preserve my different values, most of the blue pigment came off.  I thought I was using Arches paper, but I don't think the pigment would have lifted off on that paper.  Paint sits on the surface more with some of the other brands and will lift too easily.  It wasn't a big deal to continue painting it in the traditional manner, but it does give a different effect.  At least the base color continues throughout the painting and gives it a cohesive look, which is one of the results that I love with poured paintings.


  1. Good Happy accident with a wonderful result. Maybe a new way to do an underpainting?? Never was in that part of the county, but it is beautiful

    1. Thank you Nelvia. I think doing a poured underpainting for each painting is a great idea.

  2. Beautiful work, Nancy! I remember Montana skies.. miss it...NEED to go back!!!! I also love the light hitting the mountains.


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