The winter landscape is beautiful, dramatic and surprisingly colorful! We cover it all in this class.
December 13 , 2020 – Snow
Snow is soft and cool. Pretty simple! We’ll work on getting the right look this week.
Practice painting snow with wet-in-wet and dry-in-wet techniques – these are also really useful for stormy winter skies. Also there is some practice with limited color sets that work well for the winter landscape.
We have two quick and easy projects for class both use the color mixtures and techniques from the pre-class work.
December 20, 2020 – Winter Skies
While the landscape is cool and neutral, winter skies are filled with color. We explore that this week.
The wet-in-wet technique works great for skies in any season. This weeks practice is focused on getting color in your winter skies. The key is very wet washes and getting the right amount of color at the same time.
We’ll review the pre-class assignments and do this
December 27, 2020 – Drama In Light
This week, we work on the light of winter. The sun hangs low in the sky most of the day in winter time. The landscape is covered with long shadows and pockets of deep dark and contrasts of unexpected bright warm colors.
Paint this scene of a snow-covered landscape in late afternoon light. Pay close attention to the contrasts for darks against bright (intense) warms.
We’ll review the pre-class work, answer and answer questions. Then we’ll paint this scene together.
January 3, 2021 – A Winter Theme
This is the week to pull together a winter composition of your own combining the ideas and techniques from the previous three weeks.
You have the option of working from reference photos of from a real Vermont winter or from one of your own photos. Either way, create a painting from the reference and then send a copy for critique. Please have the image to my by Thursday evening, December 31st. . I’ll film a session critiquing and offering suggested changes for each painting. Once finished I’ll upload and make it available to the class.
We’ll review the pre-class work and the recorded critique session. I’ll work through this project. You are welcome to follow and paint-along with this one or strike out on a composition of your own.
In general, I like folks to use the materials they are familiar with. So, no need to stock up on more stuff – fun though it is!
There are some really good colors and combination of colors that work really well for winter scenes – they are listed below. We will be working with very wet washes, especially at the beginning of the painting. Arches 140 Cold Press paper will help you manage all that water! I recommend investing in that paper if you don’t have it already.
Suggested colors for winter landscapes:
Permanent Alizarin Crimson
Quinacridone Burnt Scarlet