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Painting winter

As I write this the sun is pouring through my windows and shining brightly in the garden, but it is cold and it is clear winter is on its way.

I love cold, clear, sunny winter days especially after snow but hopefully they won’t come too soon, lovely as they are.

Painting snow is always interesting because the last colour you would use is white. A layer of just white creates a flat and boring scene. What it needs is colour to give it depth and interest.

It can be blue, purple, pink grey or all at the same time and sometimes a bit of green or yellow ochre just pulls the scene together.

Here’s a snowy scene I did last year. I used a lot of blue to create ‘coldness’. I showed it to one gallery owner who rejected it saying it was lovely but she didn’t like the blue trees.

What do you think?