Donna Clair

Southwest Contemporary Artist


The glazes are transparent colors — usually the darkest on my palette. The color at the top of the canvas is a mixture of a glaze (Burnt Sienna) and an opaque (Yellow Ochre). The same combination for the winter bushes, as well as the addition of Mars Black added with a script liner to connote branches. The darkest colors at the bottom of the bushes in the foreground is a combination of Prussian Blue and Diox. Purple. The snow: These colors are opaques — I have laid in the “middle tones” of the snow with various combinations of Paynes Grey, Permalba White, and a Neutral Grey — My final layer of paint will be Permalba White with touches of Cadmium Yellow and Cadmium Red. This color will be applied as the highlights with a bristle brush and palette knife. I am still hoping this painting will have a “quiet waking up feeling”. This layer of paint will need to dry for about ten days before I can begin applying the final opaque colors — the “light”. STAY TUNED!!!

This painting is scheduled for exhibit at McLarry Fine Art Gallery, 225 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico sometime in May.

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