Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow

SL11112 Joe's Barn Step 23

My paint is mixed for the snow and we are ready to begin. #1. Pure White.  #2. White + the tiniest touch of Lemon Yellow makes a warm white.  #3. White + a little Ultramarine Blue, a cool white.  #4. Ultramarine Blue + White. #5. A darker shade of Ultramarine Blue + White  #6. Ultramarine Blue + a little Alizarin Crimson + White.  #7. A darker shade of Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson + White.

SL11112 Joe's Barn Step 24

The light part of the snow by the barn is painted with mixture #3. The little bit of blue makes this a cool white so it stays in the background. The shadows are made bluer in the background using #4 and #5.  The snow becomes progressively darker and warmer toward the foreground with mixes #6 and #7.

SL11112 Joe's Barn Step 25

Rays of sunlight stream across the snow. I use mixture #1 here in the middle ground, it’s a little warmer than #3 and comes forward of the sunlit snow by the barn.

SL11112 Joe's Barn Step 26

The dark shadow across the front of the painting acts as a threshold. Think of being outside on a warm summer night and looking back at the open front door of your well lit home. Your gaze is drawn through the darkness, over the threshold of the open door to the light inside. The same theory applies here. The light in the distance draws your eye across the dark shadow, or threshold, in the foreground to the focal point of the barn and car. This also helps to give the feeling of depth in the painting. Using the warmest mix of White #2 I add a splash of light across the road, letting it illuminate the rock pillar.

SL11112 Joe's Barn 24x30

Joe’s Barn       24″ x 30″     Original Oil Painting

Snow covered shrubs, the stone light posts and wreaths finish out the painting. I decided not to put the red bows on the wreaths because they would distract from the barn and car, the stars of the show. Guess Terry and Joe better get the griddle fired up, looks like company has arrived for breakfast! Thank you for visiting our studio and following along. I’ve got some other commissions in the works that are a bit different from my usual paintings. You might enjoy coming back to watch. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

Website: www.senkarik.com

4 Responses to “Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow”

  1. Janet Zeh Says:

    This is so pretty, Mikki!

  2. Jana Botkin Says:

    The light on the barn and the snow is magical!

  3. mariasotorobbins Says:

    Beautiful! I’m sure your Collectors will be thrilled!

  4. Tammi Vaughan Says:

    A gorgeous painting!! Thank you so very much for sharing!

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