White house in snow on a cloudy dayPosted: February 21, 2015
Painting a white house in snow is a bit like that exercise they make you do in art class 101 where you put some eggs in a white bowl. It’s all about the subtleties of the whites and what surrounds the bowl. Since I couldn’t rely on shadows to provide any contrast, I tried to put lots of detail and texture in the white house and leave the snow fairly untouched. I find that even though I see lots of texture in the snow, if I try to paint it, it just looks odd. Better to make a few simple brush strokes and let it be.
Sketched in Ste. Anne de Bellevue, in a Travelogue Watercolour Journal, 8′ x 8″.