On the fence

One of the most beautiful things about winter (I’m trying to find positive things to say about the season) is the shadows on fresh snow. I used to use a lot of Cobalt blue but I’ve been experimenting with some new recipes for snow colours. My ingredients are Cerulean blue, a tiny touch of Alizarin and a bit of Cobalt. I like the mauvish-blue but not the granulation that results from this mix. Painted on my last sheet from an Arches Carnet de voyage pad (very dryish, absorbent paper that sucks up all the paint in a bad way). Size: 6″ x 10″.


10 Comments on “On the fence”

  1. Tony says:

    Thanks for sharing the changes to your snow shadow mix Shari. And despite more snow you always manage to get that lovely feeling of bright sunshine in there too.

  2. Alex says:

    A little granulation is good, especially for the snow. Keep up the good work.

  3. Jody says:

    Thanks for the pigment info. I started painting WC long ago and the paints included Alizarin crimson and aruelean (sp) yellow. Now we are told these are fugitive. What do you think about all the new pigments that are available as replacements for the traditional favorites? Aside from that, a beautiful watercolor painting, I especially enjoy the tree bark. Darks are what paints? Beautifully done, and great to hear the thinking behind your motivation on this one. Jody

    • HI Jody,
      I try not to use fugitive colours these days. I have switched from Alizarin crimson to permanent Alizarin crimson and from Aureolin to Azo yellow or Hansa yellow and I am more careful about reading the lightfastness ratings.
      The darks on the tree bark are a combo of Quinacridone Gold (I love the depth of it for making dark greens) and Permanent Blue (which has now been replaced by Indanthrene Blue) and maybe a bit of burnt sienna (also love Burnt Umber for really great darks). Isn’t colour wonderful?

  4. Katy says:

    I love seeing your paintings, simple subjects painted so effectively and economically . I especially like the tree bark on this one too.

    • Thanks for letting me know Katy. This is a tree I have painted so often and I see different colours in it every time I look at it, depending on the season and the light at that time of day.

  5. Connie Renaud says:

    I just love your winter scenes. It is a jewel of a season for me so your winter sites and landscapes give me a great feeling of happiness and joy. Thank you Shari.

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