Today was warm and bright, but I am still working on three snow paintings I started last week. I’m not a greatly adventurous plein air painter, I did these looking out the window of my warm cozy studio. There has been snow several times this winter but somehow I didn’t want to paint it until it felt like maybe it was the last time. Early flowers are beginning to emerge, we saw bluebirds come check out their box this weekend (yes it is still there and ready), and today I was surprised to find a ladybug in the asparagus bed. This lends a sense of urgency to the snow- paint it before it is gone!
It is fun to try to show the lumps and dents in the snow, and how the shadows are really several colors. The colors change so quickly it is important to get the paint mixed all at once. Otherwise you keep remixing and remixing- I learned this from Doug Braithwhite.


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