|'Hurry Home!' 10.5 x 7 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
So we found shelter in a store. The best place to be in a snow storm for Caitlin. I was distracted though. I wanted to watch the storm. Fortunately I found a window overlooking an intersection. I sat in the window with my camera and snapped away. I watched the people struggle against the snow and wind. They became some of my favorite subjects to paint.
Today I prepared some textured boards and decided to revisit some of these photos. Textured boards make a great base for painting a snow storm. It is easy to paint falling snow. Read on for some tips.
|Working on a home made textured surface toned yellow|
|The painting before the addition of snow|
- I paint the big simple shapes of the composition first. I paint the snow on the ground but I don't worry about the falling snow at first.
- Once the painting is complete it is time to add the snow. I choose a white or very light value soft pastel and a palette knife. These are the tools of the trade!
- I hold the pastel over my painting and shave the pastel over the painting using the palette knife making sure I move it all over the painting. I want to avoid having clumps of pastel dust.
- I press the bits of dust into the board with the back of the palette knife. Now I have what looks like a gentle snow fall.
- To create a snow storm I take my pinky finger and quickly flick some of the snow bits so that they smudge. This gives the illusion of movement....as if the wind is blowing the snow.
- I wanted to create even more movement in the snow so I used the sharp edge of a hard white pastel and paint some thin lines in the direction of the blowing wind.
- The combination of pastel dust, flicking pastel and drawing thin lines all combine to create the feeling of a snow storm.