This was fun to do. I was surprised. Usually when I try a new technique I have some trouble but this image went together so easily. It must have been a good subject for the process.
Painting with gesso was something that was demonstrated at a Nicholas Simmons workshop and was shown to me by Sandy and class. It is the process of using gesso over top of the watercolor pigment (or acrylic like Nick used) and letting it blend with the brush stroke, using the gesso to lightening the colors. The way it was demo'ed was not exactly how I used it. I put the watercolor and gesso down simultaneously, working them togther to create the snow colors and the water foam. The white gesso was a good way to lighten the colors plus give the mood.
It is great for the effect I was after. Trying to get the coldness of the snow. I am not sure if the fun was because it all flowed together or because of subject was right and I was in the mood to paint. I have tried to do another painting with the gesso. The subject was rocks and flowing water, it didn't have the same outcome. So I put that one aside for another try later.
watercolor and gesso on Arches 140 #, 16x20