Winter’s Glory

Painting the house begins at the far end. I let shadows of trees out of the picture fall across the garage and second story here. Covering this part of the home in cooler shadows makes it recede. The washed in areas of the windows are now dry; it’s easy to draw the window sashes over the dark with a fine liner brush. You may click on the images to view them larger.

The snow on the porch roof is painted with a mix of White + Ultramarine Blue. Then the closest edge is accented with Pure White which makes it appear to come forward.

White is added to some of the background tree mixtures to use for the comfortable chair on the front porch. I make it a bit more tan than it is in reality so it won’t disappear into the wall behind.

The sunlit portion of the closest part of the home is painted with a warm white made of White + a tiny touch of Cadmium Orange. The warmth makes the house stand out from all of the cool whites of the snow. Painting a white home in a snowy landscape is a challenge. To successfully do this a wide range of warm and cool Whites are necessary.

The shutters are made of Viridian Green + a bit of Phtalo Blue + White.

When I had the painting to this point I received an email from my collector. She said that very morning the Evergreen Tree and large bush on the far right of the painting had been cut down! Sooooo, have to regroup and figure out the architecture of the garage behind the tree and bush!

While I’m planning what to do on the garage I go ahead and work on the chimney. Mixes of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Alizarin Crimson + a bit of Cadmium Orange + White are used for the red brick. I love the rusted iron farm implement hung on the chimney. I think it may be a cutting blade from harvesting equipment.

Terry said the garage has two openings. We decided it would also be a good idea to take out the white house next door. Removing the large dark tree and bush affects the balance of the painting. So I add some dark evergreens behind the garage to bring some heaviness to the right side of the piece. I also have to extend the garage a little farther to the right than it actually is. But if it is any shorter the painting would feel lopsided to the left side.

“Winter’s Glory” 

Tree shadows stream across the short bushes along the drive and porch roof. Examining the original photo I realized the large deciduous tree is on the other side of the drive. I tuck it behind the distant end of the garage and we are done. I really enjoy the ideas my collectors come up with, they make me stretch and grow as an artist. It’s been a fun challenge changing this stately home from Summer’s Beauty to “Winter’s Glory”! Thank you for following my blog! HUGS,

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One Response to “Winter’s Glory”

  1. rpillai2012 Says:

    Looks really cold and snowy…brrrrr!

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