Icy Stream

This is a winter wonderland type scene that we encountered just off the TransCanada Hwy just east of Revelstoke.  It was a spectacular glimpse of a world encased in hoar frost.  I’ve loved the photo for a long time but this is my first attempt to paint it.  What I have discovered is that I need some watercolour technique that would represent the frost covered bushes.  It’s too delicate a shape to be satisfactorily rendered using a brush.  I tried here to use a pouring type technique which was somewhat successful.  Also the subtle value shifts  that are so common in this image need, paradoxically, require more attention than broader value contrasts.

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