Winter Scenes Painted with Warm Pigments

Last week I showed two winter landscapes painted with cool colors. This week I want to show you a couple of winter landscapes I painted with warm pigments as we often don’t think to use warm pigments when painting a winter scene.

Winter Birches in the Sunset
© Annie Glacken

For these two paintings I used the following pigments: Quinacridone Gold, Quinacridone Burnt Orange, Quinacridone Magenta, and Ultramarine Blue Deep. I really like the glow in the sky area achieved with the Quinacridone Gold.

Before painting, I saved the whites of the trunks using Pebeo Drawing Gum (frisket).

The sky areas were painted wet into wet and when almost dry, the background trees were added.

Next, I painted in the snow banks by laying down a stroke of color and then blending it out upward with a damp brush.

When dry, I removed the frisket from the tree trunks and added detail on the closer birch trees.

Winter Birch
© Annie Glacken

What fun to change up the colors in a winter scene!

8 Replies to “Winter Scenes Painted with Warm Pigments”

  1. This brings up a very interesting conversation I had this weekend. We were talking about a few of my pieces that were in gold and purple. My friend was unhappy that she could not immediately identify the season and as we talked it was apparent that she really likes to pigeon hole the season by color [think Hockney] I completely understand where she’s coming from…But then what about color field artists like Wolf Kahn – whose work I love and never think to ask what the season is. Is it because he is a master at communicating that in other ways? Is it because I just don’t think about season that way? Is it just a matter of taste?

    • Hi Robin! I must confess that I had to look up both of these artists because I was not familiar with their work. Even though Hockney may pigeon hole his seasons with color, his colors are very vivid and his work very whimsical to me. I really like Wolf Kahn’s work. Even though he uses very vivid color, his work looks impressionistic to me. Many artists are happy to express things just as they perceive them to look–and there is nothing wrong with that. Others use their artistic license to use a more “painterly” approach which usually involves something a little different and leaves something to the imagination. I once painted a mourning dove with blues and oranges. Even though doves are not that color, I love that painting and no one has ever said to me, “Doves are not that color.” Maybe if I can go back and find the reference photo I used, I will do a post on that painting sometime in the future. By the way, I can definitely see Wolf Kahn’s influence in your color choices! Thanks for commenting.

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