Kamloops is the city of big amazing skies! This next 3x5 ft painting is all about the sky. The photo I took as you can see wasn't a good one at all but it had this ominousness stormy look to it with a beautiful light on the North Thompson. The dark foreground also heightened the drama and intense contrast.
The sketch is pretty detailed as you can see and I added my own creative lines just as a starting point. I'm a believer in a good map of where your journey is going. Diversions are going to happen and that is the fun and creative part.
After toning the canvas the first section was completed in a few days. You can see I've changed the foreground tree line already. The sky has to be done in one day so a good nights sleep and an early start are necessary! Hopefully my dog won't decide to go outside 4 times through the night like last night! grrrr! I really have to have my brain wrapped around what my plans are like colours , tones and how much light etc. I want and where. It's kind of like sky diving (not that I've ever done that or ever will!) you just jump in (out)!
I want to paint the mountains also at the same time so I can soften the edges between the sky and hills.
Debbie Milner Lively- AFCA
I've been a professional artist for the past 20 years. I can say the journey has been amazing!