Under the oak

Ah, we had the first snowfall  in Montreal last night, and it was a good one. Not a mere sprinkling of flakes, but a thick covering that hopefully will stay on the ground for a few days. I’ve really been looking forward to winter painting season, but as always, the oak tree in the backyard is still holding on to its leaves, messing up all that perfect whiteness. Last year, oddly, the leaves stayed on the tree until February, which left a big mess on the ground in the spring. We’ll see what happens this year. In the meantime, I’ll be getting my snow colours ready — lots of blues and browns to make all those winter neutrals.


22 Comments on “Under the oak”

  1. Sadje says:

    Beautiful picture!


  2. love this painting! and miss the snow!


  3. SO perfect! On the radio this morning here on the ‘wet’ coast they described Montreal’s snowfall then played a new Paul Cargnello song: Il neige sur NDG / Et je marche seul en pensant à ma vie / À mes amours, mes amis …. Ah, souvenir, souvenirs…. 🙂


  4. Laura Roman says:

    Look how our snow got messed up from leaves that are Still falling! Pennsylvania early snow. Sent from my iPhone



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  6. Judy Sopher says:

    So nice to see the wheelbarrow is back. Looks brighter-love the colors in this painting. You have been looking forward to snow painting but I have been looking forward to seeing the results. We also had our first snow. And the oak trees are hanging on to many of the leaves as well. Its a nice contrast.


  7. Mj Hoop says:

    Love this one. Reminds me of my own yard. Going to see if I can do snow the next time it comes. Last night’s melted too fast. Thanks for sharing your work.


  8. Yolanda Seguro says:

    Yeay the snow! These are my favourite paintings ❄️


  9. Jeff Gold says:

    Great to see the wheelbarrow again! It seems a bit early to see soon on it but it’s always a welcome sight. I think you need to make it your logo. We had a major snow dump too. BTW I love what you did with the leaves both on the tree and on the ground. As always, direct and concise brushwork. Brava!


  10. Jeff Gold says:

    What I meant to say was It seems a early to snow on it…


  11. Frank Bettendorf says:

    Nice image and it’s wonderful to see the wheelbarrow has survived! Frank


  12. Sue McKee says:

    I agree with everyone else, I love the wheelbarrow. I have one behind a shack I have in the country and I’ve started drawing and painting it because of your wheelbarrow paintings. I also loved the recent painting you did of the mountain in Montreal. It brings back such nostalgic memories of when I lived in Montreal. Thanks, for your inspiration, it’s huge.


  13. joantav says:

    Nicely done! I like this familiar spot. We had snow too…but it was nearly gone by morning after paralyzing the NY area yesterday afternoon. It took many people by surprise.


  14. gaelle1947 says:

    Ah…comme j’anticipe chaque année cette belle scène le la barouette…beautiful and colorful formal announcement that winter, once again, is upon us! South-Eastern New Brunswick is also being whitened! And thanks to Lisa Bancroft for prompting me to look up Paul Cargnello on Youtube – a most pleasant discovery!


  15. Irene Miller says:

    Hi Sheri,
    You have such a knack for capturing very simple settings and producing beautiful paintings which speak to our hearts. My husband always asks to see your paintings.


  16. The wheelbarrow is back! I love the swoops of the grey shading in the drifts of snow around it.


  17. Donna says:

    I can curse those oak leaves!!! They love to hang around. But it made for an interesting painting. We all love the wheelbarrow


  18. Denise Wyant says:

    Nicely done! It reminds me of my walk in the woods on Friday (minus the wheelbarrow)! There were leaves remaining on the trees and scattered on the ground, peeking out from beneath the snow.

    When you paint snow, do you try to leave the white of the paper and then add shadows? I would like to attempt a watercolor sketch, but I’m not quite sure how to get the snow right.

    Thanks, Shari! 🙂


    • HI Denise,
      I guess you are enjoying the snow too. In answer to your question, yes, I do leave the white of the paper when I paint snow. This does require a bit of planning but I have lots of practice painting in winter. Occasionally I add a few drops of Titanium White watercolour if I feel that I have painted over something that should have been white, but for the most part I use the white of the paper.
      I think you should give it a try.

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      • Denise Wyant says:

        Thank you for the encouragement, Shari! I want to give it a try. I suspect it’s going to take several tries for me to get it right!!

        Thank you so much for sharing your work and the tips! 🙂


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