Our session today begins with painting the sky. The lowest portion is made with a mixture of White + Pthalo Blue, while the uppermost region is a darker mix of White + Cobalt Blue. Since the house and snow are white the sky is made darker in value than I usually do in order to offer more contrast. The oil wash drawing is completely dry so I can paint “Sky Holes” into the trees without picking up any of the sketch color on my brush and muddying the brilliance of the sky.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Distant Trees

The large, bare tree to the right of the home is painted wet-into-wet over the sky. This allows me to soften the ends of the branches into the blue background.


After adding a little more detail to the rock wall, I use some of that same color for the part of the front steps peeking out of the snow. Please remember as you read through my blog, you may click on any of the images to view them larger.

Snow covered bushes along the front of the house are now painted.

The mailbox is made of Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. The support post is mixtures of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + White. Snow covers the rounded top of the mailbox.

Snow DONE! We’ll work on the house in our next session, I hope you’ll come watch! HUGS,

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