Some parts of the UK had snow towards the end of last week and into the weekend, so the weather was obviously on my mind when I was deciding what to paint next.
I’ve tried quite a few snow scenes before and, considering the seeming simplicity – surely the white of the paper can do most of the work – I’ve often found them very challenging. I’m usually drawn to the wintery scenes in the run up to christmas. This isn’t down to anything particularly festive, but every year I keep thinking “..maybe this year I’ll get a painting printed up to use as a Christmas card”. Printing even a relatively small quantity would still be cheaper than buying new ones from shops, but I either never manage to do any painting at all, or never manage to paint anything that I’d be willing to print.
So it was with low expectations that I started this painting. And a pleasant surprise to see it turn out okay. I just about resisted the temptation to overwork it and, while the right hand side of the image is a little lacking, I’m pleased overall with the suggestion of distant trees and particularly like the left hand side of the image. It had been my intention to capture a brighter, crisper (more cobalt-ish) blue sky. I thought I was on track to do this but my wash dried much paler than I’d anticipated so the palette in the sky dictated the rest of the painting.
The full image (on a quarter imperial) is below and…
…in anticipation that 2016 might actually be the year that I get a Christmas card printed, I’ve even started to experiment with few different card sized crops:
What you think? Is there a Christmas card amongst these crops? How would you feel if you received one of these? Do I need to try another snowy scene? Should I include a reindeer/santa/snowman?
So many questions – just as well there’s still a long way to go before Christmas.