Snow day

What was supposed to be my first day of school today turned out to be a snow day — or rather an ice storm day. Every student’s dream, and teachers too — getting that notification in the morning that school is closed for the day. I used some of the free time to paint the snowy view I saw as I walked through the park with Alice last night at dusk. Today it looks very different, with a thick coating of ice covering the branches — not nearly as misty or atmospheric.

I use a rough Two Rivers paper for this, along with brushes from my arsenal of riggers and stripers to build up layers of branches. A big blob each of Verditer Blue and Burnt Umber on my palette help me get the greys I want, and some white gouache mixed in at the end allows me to add some opaque streaks of blowing snow. Blizzard

45 Comments on “Snow day”

  1. Rita says:

    The bit of yellow is just the right touch! Beautiful!


  2. Leslie says:

    very atmospheric!


  3. Mary says:

    I agree with Rita – the yellow ads magic. Love this painting!


  4. Beautiful Shari! It really brings out the feeling of winter.


  5. DiniAlice says:

    This is one of my favorites. I love the feeling of that cold snowy day and the bit of light In the distant sky.


  6. loisajay says:

    such beautiful work.


  7. cbrucewarren says:

    best ever snow painting!


  8. Patricia Burkhardt says:

    See you there.

    Sent from my iPad



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  10. Donna says:

    Love it!! How long did it take you to paint this? Not long I’m sure. It would take me one-half a day!


  11. Larry Stehlik says:

    Very beautiful job. I love it!!!!!! Great job on the trees.


  12. Beautiful! Love the colors of this one!


  13. Ineke says:

    What a beautiful work of art to wake up to on a dreary looking morning!


  14. Lisa Mastorakos says:

    Really beautiful!


  15. Rita Palazzo says:

    very interesting captures the atmosphere so beautifully


  16. Alison says:

    Great atmosphere. Truly captures the current icyness (sp?). Wonderful composition.


  17. Janine says:

    Lovely as always, Shari. Is there a Verditer Blue that you prefer – Holbein or DS? Or some other brand? I hear this pigment mentioned frequently.


  18. John Hopkirk says:

    What a lovely painting. There is so much in the composition leading the eye to the sweet spot
    ( golden glow) . I didnt see the far house until I blew the size up and noticed the gold gable end it has. Graphic design background must help.


  19. John Hopkirk says:

    I just had to look up Verditer Blue on Daniel Smith’s colour chart, What a beutiful blue made up of PB36 Cerulean Blue (green shade).PB28 Cobalt Blue and a White PW4. I think it would be hard to get it right if you decided to mix it yourself. It looks to be close to W&N Cerulean Blue Red Shade which goes nicely for our New Zealand Skies.


    • John, yes, that is exactly what it is. I don’t use it often but it works really well for cold, cold days when you need just that blue. Sometimes I just find Cerulean too warm for snow, and Cobalt is too cool.


  20. joantav says:

    Wow!!! Wonderful atmosphere! Your touch of yellow in the sky just draws me in.


  21. Trevor Travis says:

    Absolutely entrancing.


  22. blissfullycreating says:

    the light is just so perfect!


  23. missmamie says:

    So gorgeous – moody and luscious! Shari, what size do you usually paint on site?


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