Sunday, February 10, 2013

Winter Landscapes

Snow and ice may not be your favorite image right now, but here in the Southern Midwest the snow brings an entire new drama to what can be a rather mundane landscape, showcasing aspects of the land often overlooked in other seasons.

Painting snow presents a unique challenge compared to other subjects. Sketching a snowscape not only tests your comfort zone but low temperatures can have an adverse effect on your materials. The real challenge however, is that snow is never pure white, it is affected by the sky color and reflections of whatever local color is surrounding it.

There is a whole color spectrum in snow, shadow colors that range from blue to gray-violet and highlights that have subtle color shifts of yellow and even pink.

Combined with contrast of blues, reds and greens of foliage it truly is an entire subject of its own. A person just has to get out and spend time looking closely to see all the true subtleties. Both studies 5x7 in oil on panel.

“Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.”
                                                                                                                    ­              --- JohnRuskin 

Explore - Question - Learn - - Enjoy, Jim