Extreme painting

Last two from the recent trip to Austria where, between bouts of falling down icy mountains, I managed to get half a dozen plein air paintings done.  The first was done near to the house we were staying in, during what the weather app on my phone rather dramatically called a snowstorm.

Falling snow, Kitzsteinhorn. Oil on board. 11 x 14.

Falling snow, Kitzsteinhorn. Oil on board. 11 x 14.

The second was painted from the viewing platform at the top of Kitzsteinhorn.  The weather was pretty changeable, started out with low cloud, then cleared long enough for me to get started on this (probably over-ambitious) scene.  Then the wind got up and spindrift began blowing across the platform.  This made things rather entertaining, as the blown snow mixed with my paint and stuck itself all over the board I was using.  Pressed on long enough to get most of what I wanted into the painting, although I had to leave out the chairlift and its towers, along with a large group of intrepid / crazy skiers on their way down from just below the summit.

I finally packed up – nearly losing a lot of my gear as the tripod got blown over – when an onlooker pointed out that I was turning blue…

Austrian Alps from 3000 metres. Oil on board. 11 x 14.

Austrian Alps from 3000 metres. Oil on board. 11 x 14.

Aurora

Two more little paintings from the short trip to Austria, some more to follow yet.  First was painted very quickly in failing light before dashing out to grab a schnitzel 🙂

After the storm.  Oil on board.  8 x 10.

After the storm. Oil on board. 8 x 10.

And this one at midday from about two-thirds of the way up Kitzsteinhorn.  It was just as cold as it looks…

From the Alpine Centre, Kitzsteinhorn.  Oil on board.  8 x 10.

From the Alpine Centre, Kitzsteinhorn. Oil on board. 8 x 10.

NATO standard

East from Kaprun, late afternoon. Oil on board. 8 x 10.

East from Kaprun, late afternoon. Oil on board. 8 x 10.

Spending a few days in Austria with the boss for her birthday.  Permission was granted to bring my paints so, after a beasting on the slopes (my first time on skis for 20 years) I’ve been getting a quick plein air session in before last light.  The painting above was the first one here, more than a little rusty.  The one below was done on the following day, had got the eye in a little more with that one I think.  The photos aren’t great as taken with a phone, will get some better ones when we’re back in sunny (ha!) Belgium.

Photos replaced with scans of the paintings – much truer to the real thing as you can imagine!

Kitzsteinhorn, last light. Oil on board. 8 x 10.

Kitzsteinhorn, last light. Oil on board. 8 x 10.

Constant bearing

Untitled work in progress. Oil on canvas. 40 x 50 cm.

Untitled work in progress. Oil on canvas. 40 x 50 cm.

Re-worked the sky and valley floor today. Will tackle the distant mountains next, although they don’t need too much doing to them. Still struggling to get good photographs of my paintings, I think I need to invest in a colour checker card for one thing. Couple of notes to self for stuff to correct in this picture:  the right hand needs to be a bit larger and moved closer to the rifle; figure should be wider to the left… there will be more no doubt.