After our recent move, we were in the mountains approximately one week when we woke up to our first snow. I had just unpacked my watercolor supplies, so I sat down to sketch the wintery landscape outside.
And hmmm, how does one paint white? Because my snow, which I left as white paper, just looked kind of like... white paper. You can see those first attempts here.
I quickly figured out that painting "snow" wasn't what I was really after. Instead, the goal is to paint shadows and sunlight that (hopefully) mimic the appearance of snow. If you look at a broad patch of snow, you'll see that snow shadows vary widely in color, mainly a lot of violets and blues but also tinges of pinks, greens, grays, and even yellows.
One thing all the colors of "snow" seem to have in common is that they are typically cool, clear, transparent colors.Read More