I painted something for EOW again because I really enjoy working to a topic brief, usually sparks my inspiration.
I realized that it helps to visualize an image in your head really clearly before you put it down.
Lately I haven't done that which is why my last works seemed to look uninspired/aimless.
For this image, I felt a lot more concentration and focus, it was also an ease to paint this. Like I only had to paint what I saw with my inner eye. For a change, it actually almost felt like I knew what I was doing lol.
It is also always good to look at photos of unknown subject matter and internalize/digest, then recreate it. Plus, filling in the empty gaps in your head for stuff you can't picture internally yet. For this, I didn't really have to look up anything though, pretty much from imagination. Painting snow and ice seams pretty straight forward, just keep in mind bounce lights and subsurface scattering. ^^
Why am I ranting? Maybe just emphasizing that visualization is a strong helper in being able to convey a certain atmosphere in an image. Trying to 'see' the image as clearly as possible in your head before painting it. And also, holding on to an inspired idea and 'working' on it in your head beforehand, especially regarding mood and colors.
Seriously, close your eyes, dream the scene, be the explorer that walks the massive ice dungeons.
I think I will take some meditation classes...