Does this cold weather we are experiencing make you want to paint winter scenes.
Here are two winter scenes I painted a while ago.
In this first painting, I was going for a wintry foggy look. I love the way the fog hangs in the mountains.To get this look, I painted the top of my trees in the furthest background, and then immediately lost the bottom edges by blending out with clean water. When these trees were dry, I moved on to the trees below and repeated the process moving downward on the page.
For this second painting, I was aiming for a nice reflection of the trees in the frozen pond. Before beginning to paint, I had all of my pigments pre-mixed on my palette so I wouldn’t have to stop to mix them once I began painting.
I wet the sky area with a very pale blue wash. Before this dried, I added a darker blue tree line with a thicker wash of blue. Since the sky was still wet, this diffused and softened the tree line. When this dried, I wet the middle ground area and used a blue-green mix for the trees in that area. After this dried, I used a very dark green to paint the evergreens on the bank using a wet on dry technique. I also used a very pale gray that I mixed to indicate snow banks.
After everything was completely dry, I wet the pond area and brushed in horizontal strokes of blues and grays. Before the sheen completely left, I painted in the evergreens with a lighter value of green in the pond area. Doesn’t that frozen pond make you want to break out your ice skates?
I am very happy with these two little paintings.