My full size painting of Winter in progress with the sketch on the top left corner.
Several months ago I started work on planning the Winter painting for my Woven Existence series that explores issues of time by depicting a mountain meadow during each season of the year. In February, using a number of reference photos showing fields blanketed with snow because it wasn’t possible to take my own photos, I made a small sketch of the mountain meadow as I imagined it might look after a snowfall.
Since then, I began work on the full size canvas measuring 36 x 48 inches. Although the sketch has been immensely helpful, there are numerous challenges I’ve encountered while working on the large canvas. Simply painting all the bare branches on the mountain laurel or rowan tree has been incredibly time consuming and even, I admit, rather tedious at times. And I still need to paint the highlights on the branches. Yikes! I’ve also spent a lot of time experimenting with different color schemes for the grass and bushes because I want to make sure all the paintings in the series look well together when exhibited side by side.
With some more work, this challenging painting of winter could be finished by the end of June. That’s my goal, anyway. Then I can move on to the next scene, summer.
Annette Bartlett-Golden paints a wide range of subjects from landscapes to animals and makes abstract works with paper. Using vibrant colors, she imparts a sense of immediacy, vivacity and optimism to her paintings and paper collages.