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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Looking on the Bright Side...High Key Paintings


'Winter Warmth'             8x10                pastel            ©Karen Margulis
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After almost five hours in gridlocked Atlanta Snow traffic it's hard to get excited about our snow.  Maybe after some hot cocoa and cookies I can look at the bright side.  

What did I do for 5 hours in the car in stop and go traffic?  I watched the snow.  I looked at the colors and shapes of the storm shrouded trees. I felt the quiet of the falling snow even through the beeps of impatient drivers. I watched kids with their sled looking for a place to ride. I even saw a man in shorts wearing a monster hat and angel wings running and waving at all of us stuck in traffic. (wish I had a picture of him!)  I saw a wonderful good samaritan out in the road with a garden hoe trying to get cars through the slick spots. 

My Subaru took on the icy roads like a champ. I went up the hills that others were sliding down. I was toasty warm and had a pack of cookies so that made it better.  It was a long day in the car and I was happy to finally pull into my driveway.  Heidi was happy to see me. She really likes the snow!

C'mon mom let's play!
Today's painting is the demo I did for this morning's class (before the snow started)  We talked about value and high and low key paintings. This is a high key version of a winter landscape I have painted before. It is 8x10 on Uart 500.

7 comments:

Nancy Young said...

I'm sorry you had such a struggle with the snow today, Karen. We've been watching the East Coast drama with snow and record cold, while we in California bask in record warmth...but NO rain! I love your snapshot of Heidi...and have been enjoying your winter landscapes.

Tim Moore said...

wonderful colors..what color did you use for the trees on the left? a pink-ish purple?..brand?..just love that color...and i don't miss driving in the snow!..

robertsloan2art said...

Love the trees in this one! Gorgeous painting and great story. Must have been a long long time out studying the snow, glad you had the cookies and interesting company.

Really creepy about the weather this year, it's been so rotten. Good luck and I hope it lightens up soon. I'm still down sick but hopefully will get over it sometime.

Laura Buxo said...

Beautiful painting. Both your brush work and pallet are so nice. It is cold here in Greenville, SC. also.

Karen said...

Thank you all! Tim it is a muted blue purple and reddish purple. Probably Great Americans.

Sue Grilli said...

Sorry to hear you had to spend so much time in all that traffic yesterday. What a mess, huh? Glad you are back safe and sound.
Great painting by the way....

CAROL HOPPER -- A PAINTER'S JOURNAL said...

I love all of these paintings and recognize you know snow, bad roads, and bare trees. The dark background indeed works very well for you.