Wednesday, November 19, 2008

November 19, 2008
Worked on developing yesterday's study with the holes in the ice. Noticed in the Google reference photos that creeks iced over have a sort of gray-green-blue sheen, because the water underneath the ice is showing through, but in a dull way. Worked on capturing that effect this morning:

Of course, there is sometimes snow on the top of the ice and that creates it's own texture. Killed some of the starkness of the busted ice (from the first study, see yesterday's post), but it feels like a frozen creek to me. Now to add El Kid and his horse trying to cross.

Meanwhile, two scenes in front of this, we see the Kid dismount and study his frozen obstacle. It's too wide to jump and too thin to walk on. This is the under painting (below). Needs some more fleshing out, but I like the dark blue in the foreground which indicates the ice is very thin and the water is right on the surface. The Kid sees this too.

Meanwhile, Gus sent me the name of the famous photographer who took "Terminal":

"Yup, that’s Stieglitz, 1893."
—Gus Walker

Really wonderful steam effect. Hope to capture this as well in the sequence.

Tonight is the Spirit of the West event at the Bison Museum. See you all there.

"Learning is not attained by chance. It must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence."
—Abigail Adams

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