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Saturday, January 07, 2017

From the Archives: How to Paint a Winter Landscape

'Winter Silence'              8x10             pastel             ©Karen Margulis         SOLD
Enjoy today's timely post from the archives!

I like to paint winter landscapes in the winter. Some prefer to paint them in the heat of the summer. A bit of respite from the heat. I can understand that. I like to paint a warm summer beach to take the chill off a cold winter day.  But I still prefer to paint winter when it is cold.  I feel like I can relate to the cold iciness of the snow when I actually feel cold. And it helps to be able to observe the snow and the bare winter trees live and in person!

It was cold outside when I painted this demo. It has been cold everywhere including Georgia!  I enjoyed painting it and I am excited to share the detailed demo notes in my latest download available in my Etsy shop.  I love sharing my mini demos here on the blog but these monthly demo downloads allow me to go in depth and share step by step my thoughts and techniques.  

This demo focuses on how to paint the colors in snow and snow shadows and how I create the illusion of detail without really putting in a lot of detail....suggestions of detail is what I try to do.  Bare winter trees are the perfect subject for minimizing detail.

This demo is 22 pages with 40 color photos. It is available as a PDF download for $6. You can view or on your computer or print it out. Here is the link to the Winter Demo

If you haven't tried my monthly pastel demos I have the last 5 available in a bundle for $24 here.

The front of my Demo PDF

suggesting bare winter trees

shapes and colors = suggested detail

1 comment:

robertsloan2art said...

Hehehe, we're opposites that way. When it really is that cold and snow covered all I want is the bright flowers of spring and greens of summer. It's roasting hot days in August when snow scenes are appealing to me to paint. Though I do observe, always observe, sometimes sketch from life... but it has to be warm enough for me to function. Next winter might do some Plein Window of the snow, but this year my window's in a cold nook and the days are way too short.