One of my Snowcamp icicle people e-mailed this picture of me taken while I was doing a painting demonstration. It was 10 degrees below zero at the time. One wrote, "I miss Snowcamp". I am looking forward to the seeing the second group of you, dress warmly.
Last week I published this picture and mentioned lead ins. One of the commenters asked if I would write about lead ins so here we go.
At the top is the painting as I had it early in the process. Later I established the tracks through the snow to better convey the viewer into the painting. In the original painting everything crosses the image from one side to another. It slides by you like the view out of a car window. I thought that I had left an opening for the viewer to get into the picture and that would be enough. It wasn't. it was, in this instance, necessary to "haul" them in.
I didn't want to drive the road all the way through my nice middle ground snow field, particularly because I already had one road up there. So I took the viewer over to the right hand side and provided them with that little triangular pine tree pointing right up into the subject matter of the piece. But I added another little "leader" pointing the way to the red barn too.
Out about 3/4 the way to the buildings is an accent. It is here;
I know it looks like nothing, but it serves a purpose. It is part of a chain of details that lead you up to that red barn. All of this is eye control. I have used the road and some accents to drive the viewer deep into the painting.
Tomorrow I will show some historic painters using lead ins.