Winter Thaw is another print in the 12 Views of the Shiawassee River series. It was a bright day in late January. We were traveling the back roads near Fenton when we came across this area of the river thawing at a little one lane bridge. The bushes had berries that turned a bright red and they were full of happy birds!
I have been remiss in that I usually just post the print and never the process. I can only say it's because I forget to take pictures. I might take the first couple but then forget to take the rest. So this time I made a point of taking every step. Ok, I missed one........but at least I consciously tried!
I laid in the far background.
Deepened red on near bushes and added some reflections
Sky and reflected blue
Shadow on ice edges and added trees
I added shadow along the river banks and deepened color on trees.
I was rather intimidated to do a winter scene but I really like how it turned out.