Painting Snow

Yes, I’ll admit it does feel as though everything outside is limited to white, gray, black, brown, with a few dabs of color. But, is it really? Perception is everything, and snow is reflective- so why not paint your snow shadows as blue, purple, or pink?

Some examples:

Winter shadows                                                          18 x 24 in
Winter shadows reference photo
Rosy Fingered Dawn                                                              11 x 14 in
Rosy Fingered Dawn reference photo

You can see what is meant by “artistic license” when you compare the reference photo to the finished painting.

Note: Photos were taken from my backyard last year.


2 thoughts on “Painting Snow

  1. SH January 24, 2016 / 11:44 am

    The paintings look haunting yet hopeful. A Chicago winter.


  2. SH January 24, 2016 / 11:53 am

    When we moved to the midwest, we were all completely elated at the first snowfall. On reflection it was about one inch and what the locals call “a light frost”. After the usual snowball fights and construction of a tiny emaciated snow person, my eldest son lay down on the grass, flapping his snow wings and said “can you imagine if snow was purple?” I used to be a teacher in those days and wondered if many children, particularly those who had trouble understanding concepts immediately, actually saw the world that way.


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