Thanks to the online class taught by Vinita Pappas, I tried some new techniques for last month's homework. Vinita's demo was on using masking fluid for a wintery, snowy scene. I know, masking fluid is usually something to try to stay away from, better to plan ahead for those whites. I haven't used it for years, since my commercial art days. It didn't come in handy for me much then either. So I wasn't even sure my jar of it was still good. Most of it had made itself into a big ball in the jar. I tested the little bit left and it worked! Vinita's reference was a beautiful and busy, wooded, snowy, very cold-looking creek in Oregon. She used some masking fluid to define some snow and branches. It was really fun to try something different. I won't be seeing any scenes like this in Southern California. This piece is 8x10".
The December "challenge" in the class was to use only two complementary colors. I chose a photo of mine of the coastline looking north from the Point Fermin Lighthouse park in San Pedro. I used French Ultramarine Blue and Red Ochre which I thought might give me some good darks when mixed. This piece is 5x7".