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04-01-2011, 03:38 PM
This is from an excellent photo by mbeckett, Thanks for the great shot to work from.
This is a 16"x20".

I will be identifying all areas and the detail work will come later.

04-01-2011, 03:57 PM
great looking start...love the mountains... I'll be checking in.

Harry Seymour
04-01-2011, 06:20 PM
I can tell this will be another piece dominated by beautiful color.

04-01-2011, 07:45 PM
Nice work from the master of big scenes!

04-02-2011, 04:18 AM
Pulling up a chair!

04-02-2011, 10:09 AM
Thanks Rodman

Thank you Harry, I do love to throw color at the work. Maybe some of it will land in the right places.

Thanks Patrick, I can't believe you used the "M" word.:lol:

Hi Lesley, Glad your watching.

Not much progress but I tend to work toward sections(stopping points) I need to establish the scene, so this is a good time to update. The next section will be to establish the piled snow next to the trail. That will establish all the bg roughed in and then I will start on the horses. Remember no detail complete at this time. Rick


04-02-2011, 02:37 PM

04-03-2011, 04:24 AM
You're really developing a great style Rick...this is looking very good. I'm along for the ride.:wink2: :D

I met Mike (mbeckett) in Calgary along with Twyla(ironhorse) several years ago when I used to live near there. I bet he took this photo near Kanaskis or Banff. I've done a few paintings from his great photos.

04-03-2011, 01:43 PM
Thanks Karen, I thought of you the other day. I went in an art Gallery in a very small town and saw a picture of Lady Washington. Thanks for looking in on this.

Thank you so much Lorna. I am not sure exactly where it is near but the photo is listed as Lake Louise sleigh Ride. This photo is really striking to me.

I will have an update later tonight, I hope. Rick

04-03-2011, 03:02 PM
Forgot to post last photo of update. Not much difference but now I can try to get the horses started.


04-03-2011, 03:22 PM
Lake Louise is only about 30 miles from Banff, inside the Banff National Park in the rocckies...total distance from Calgary,AB, west about 110 miles. (in case you'd like to look it up in a map) It's a very beautiful area.

This is going to be amazing when you're done with it!

04-03-2011, 04:20 PM
Love those shadows - and the bg's coming along nicely too. I can see the fgb is getting a good workout! Looking forward to the detail work now. We visited Lake Louise on our trip to Canada a few years ago although it was in the summer time - beautiful place. Pulling up a chair......

04-03-2011, 11:38 PM
Thanks Lorna, Looks like you guessed it right.

Thanks Jenny, I will be adding some color to the shadows also, he says with fingers crossed.

just got the horses roughed in.

04-04-2011, 12:01 AM
Wow Rick, this is really looking great. You do such beautiful scenery. I really like the shadows on the snow.

04-04-2011, 10:02 AM
Wow Rick, this is quite an undertaking and you are doing a fantastic job of it. I'll be looking for updates.

fire angel
04-04-2011, 10:05 AM
Wow Rick you are doing a wonderful job on this!!

Diana Lee
04-04-2011, 12:45 PM
This is GREAT!!! I already feel cold! Working on this must help with the Florida heat.:lol: :wink2:


04-04-2011, 01:22 PM
Looking great Rick. I love the scenary. This is my favorite spot in the whole world...Baniff and Lake Louise.

04-04-2011, 08:42 PM
Harold, Coming from you ,that is very high praise indeed. Thank you.

Thanks Lynn, Sometimes I don't look before I leap.

Thanks Greg, I am glad you are watching.

Thanks Diana, Yes, the weather is much different here. We had tornados come thru a couple of days ago. Everything okay,thankfully.

Angela, I can see why you like it. When I saw this picture, I had to try it. Thanks for checking in on it.

Sorry, I tried twice but can't seem to get a focused shot with the small camera. Thanks for all the support on this. Rick



Harry Seymour
04-04-2011, 08:45 PM
Rick-this is coming along nicely. I really like the color tone.

04-04-2011, 09:01 PM
Really enjoying the ride here Rick

04-05-2011, 12:55 AM
Rick, your doing a wonderful job on this.


04-05-2011, 03:23 AM
Fantastic work Rick, I will be looking forward to your next update.

04-05-2011, 05:11 PM
Thanks Harry

Thank you Lesley

Thanks Wendy

Mark, Thanks.

I lightened the sky, darkened the snow shadows again and a few other touches. I will try to live with this a few days before I spray it. Feel welcomed to critique as you see fit. When I look at my close ups ,it amazes me that the work looks okay from a distance. Close ups show how crude and quick some areas are scratched. Having a terrible time resizing and keeping a sharp image. Rick
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04-05-2011, 09:26 PM
This is looking really good. It was fun to watch it develop.

04-05-2011, 10:29 PM
Very unique and very well done.

Harry Seymour
04-06-2011, 07:19 AM
Rick--yes close ups can be revealing and distorting. A rule of thumb I follow is does it look great at 6 ft which is typical of a viewer in a gallery. Nevertheless, this work meets most test I can think of. It is beautifully done and of course the coloring is very special.

04-06-2011, 07:27 AM
Everything seems to be coming together beautifully. You ARE developing, or already have developed your own style.

04-06-2011, 11:17 PM
This is looking great, Rick. Love the composition of the trees and mountains in the background.

04-07-2011, 07:41 AM
Thanks Sammy, It is always interesting to me how other accomplish the work. I am glad you enjoyed seeing this one.

Thanks tigress

Thanks Harry, Your comments are important to me.

Thanks Rodman ,I appreciate the style comment.

Thanks Brett, This image jumped out at me when I saw it in the RIL.

04-07-2011, 12:50 PM
Awesome Rick. You jumped in on something pretty difficult and did very well.

04-07-2011, 01:53 PM
Rick...it's looking just fantastic! If I might offer one tiny suggestion...if it were mine, I would 'suggest' some other trees in the black part...as if there were another part of them that the light was striking just on the snowy tops, where the trees might be taller or were on an unseen hillside. It would help break up the expanse of black but not take away from setting off the the driver. Small inverted wiggly V's would do it. I could show you what I mean if you like?

Amended to add...I'm sorry Rick...disregard the above...I just tried to make some changes in a photo program and I didn't like it...couldn't do what my imagination saw.:( :o

It's a wonderful piece as it stands...a work to be proud of!:thumbsup:

04-07-2011, 07:15 PM
Thanks Lynn

Lorna, Thanks for trying. I have had that same discussion with my wife about the dark area. I was scared that I would not be able to put anything there and still keep the distance of the scene. I never try to "copy" a reference but I think the solid area of black is somewhat balanced out by the large area of snow. That is part of the draw to this in the first place. Not sure if everyone has seen this reference so I will post it. Lorna, thanks so much for the comment. It lets me know my concern was in a valid area.


04-07-2011, 07:29 PM
Very well done Rick. I really like how you did the snow on the trees.