Thursday, December 20, 2012

Season's Greetings


I was looking for images to use for Christmas cards and I came across this watercolour I painted a while ago. It was nice as it was, but I thought I could turn it into an even more traditional Christmas scene. I darkened the sky by wetting the whole area and dropping in stronger colour. Then I used white gouache and a spattering technique to create the falling snow. I also put a few more shadows into the foreground to give it more depth. The result is my seasonal greeting to all my readers.

Happy Christmas
"A Welcoming Light" - watercolour - 25 x 36 cm

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  1. The painting suddenly comes to life, very nice Keith. Merry Christmas to you.

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    1. Thanks Ray and Merry Christmas to you too.

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  2. Merry Christmas to you too Keith, stay warm!!

    Do I see a Dutch barn on the painting?!
    I never knew they where called that, Michael Richardson told me so in Wexford.
    Spoken over Wexford, are you planing to attend?

    Vrolijk kerstfeest Keith.

    René

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    1. Merry Christmas René. No problem staying warm so far this year, keeping dry is more difficult though!

      Not Dutch Barn. It's what we call a poly-tunnel; a kind of greenhouse made from polythene over a metal frame.

      I haven't thought about next year much yet. I'll let you know if it's a possibility.

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  3. Merry Christmas to you Keith, the painting really has come to life and looks lovely with the snow flurries in the sky. No sign of snow here though just rain!

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    1. Merry Christmas Caroline. Yes there is plenty of rain here too!

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  4. Good Morning... and Merry Christmas back to you and yours Keith!

    Your "ramped up" Christmas card scene is "simply"... lovely! It is indeed welcoming and warm! Not at all cold or stark. Surprising... how such a very small and seemingly slight infusion of warm light in portals can inject such a powerfully inviting feeling of warmth!

    Good Painting and Merry Christmas Keith!
    Warmest regards,
    Bruce

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    1. Hi Bruce. Yes I've done a few of these 'light in a window' pieces over the years and they always have that effect.

      All the best for Christmas,
      Keith

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  5. Very brave to splatter white gouache over what is a brilliant painting but it has worked so well. I thought the original was great but the re-vamped version is even better. You've created such a strong sense of a cold and bleak landscape yet the eye is drawn to the warm homely shelter of the farmhouse. Brilliant work Keith. Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thanks John, I've learnt that sometimes you have to take risks to produce the best work.

      Happy Christmas,
      Keith

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  6. Fantastic work Keith, don't think I'd have had the nerve to add the spatters but it all comes to gether so very well. Happy Christmas.

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  7. That is really beautiful, Keith. Thank you so much for the thoughts, and I hope that your Christmas was peaceful. I also hope that 2013 will be a wonderful year for you.

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    1. Thanks Diane. I hope you had a good Christmas too.

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