First Snow Of 2017: Launches A New Project/Series:

First Snow Of 2017 Series of Digital Paintings in all prima by Rusty Smith


In the back of my mind, I want to create a snowy series of wooded landscape digital paintings from my photographs. This season we have not had any snow until the first week of January.  We were dusted with snow, on the night of January 7th . On the morning of the 8th I walked down to Tycony Creek Park, Philadelphia, a short walk from my home, to take some snow images. This series of images, I am going to paint in an impressionistic style using an Alla-Prima (wet-on-wet) style of painting.

My Original Images:

A Snowy Path:

Whittaker Mills:

A Frozen Creek:

Finished Impressionist Paintings:

Generally completed in one sitting, wet-on-wet, or alla prima (Italian, meaning at first attempt), is a painting technique, used mostly in oil painting, in which layers of wet paint are applied to previously administered layers of wet paint.Therefore, Most of the mixing of colors is done on the canvas. This technique requires a fast way of working, because the work has to be finished before the first layers have dried.

Impressionists such as Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, realists such as John Singer Sargent , Robert Henri and George Bellows used this technique of painting to develop an “impression” of there subject which lacks the fine detail of the earlier masters. This impression caused the audience to look further into their art and pull out the subject, by just giving the viewer a slight hint using light and color. This style of painting almost always attracts the viewer’s attention making it a popular and time-efficient painting style.

Below are my digital paintings of my three “First Snow” photographs. Done in Photoshop using pattern stamp brushes developed by David Cole and manipulated by myself. My paintings are much more interesting than my original photographs.

P1080059-Snowy Path


P108004-Whittaker Mills


P1080133-Frozen Creek


**Limited edition, framed prints are available!

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