Painting Snow Scenes
All the sheep fed, counted and present, but evan the 4 x 4 nearly got stuck that day! Road blocked we had to reverse out, but not before I got a picture on my i phone. A grey cold morning just after the snow storm. The photo provided a good structure for a painting, but it needed to be brighter as I intended to turn the image into a Christmas card. This photo isn’t what I saw, the darks had lost their details and the light areas were really bleached out.
I compressed the composition to fit a stable square format, and I kept the details to the minimum.
I use a limited palette:
The Windsor and Newton Indanthrene blue was a new colour for me to experiment with. Initially bought for its transparent qualities to use as a glaze, but for this painting I used it directly. It is a good cold and neutral colour for winter scenes.
I made the shadows of the snow blue mauve and contrast it by adding warm tones of orange for the trees and exposed grass.
Shadow mix — cerulean blue, cobalt blue and a tiny touch of alizarin crimson.
OR cerulean blue, indanthrene blue and alizarin crimson
Trees were done in a mix of burnt sienna and indanthrene blue.
At the end of the painting process little highlights of pure white enlivened the painting.
Soft edges Cerulean blue for the sky to contrast with hard edges of trees in the foreground, a touch of Indanthrene blue was also added to the sky to pull the land and sky together
A row of grey trees gives distance along the horizon line.
I used the i phone to change the value of the photograph. I looked for:
- A pattern of notan
- A value plan, to work out mid-tones lights and darks
- Used the snow shadow as part of the design element