Where is the Warm in Winter?

“As the days begin to lengthen, the cold begins to strengthen.”

The temperature here hovers around freezing and the predicted wintry mix falls as cold rain.  This kind of rain feel colder than snow to me, which is probably related to my excitement at walking in the falling snow.  But here in my studio, I can have snow if I want it!

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Friendship Warms the Heart, watercolor, 7″ x 5″

What warms your heart on a cold winter day?

Imagining Winter

Snowy Evening, watercolor on canvas, 4" x 4"
Snowy Evening, watercolor on canvas, 4″ x 4″

We don’t have snow here, yet.  It’s not even officially winter, but I am thinking ahead and painting some snow scenes.  I have purchased some iridescent medium which can be used mixed in the watercolor paint, or brushed over top of it.  I use it to add some sparkle to the snow, but these images don’t show the sparkle.

Winter Fun, watercolor on canvas, 4" x 4"
Winter Fun, watercolor on canvas, 4″ x 4″

Another Picture with Trees

Yesterday I posted some experiments in painting trees in which all the trees looked like autumn trees, so I decided to get a jump on the next season and paint a simple scene with some winter trees.

Winter Trees, watercolor, 6″ x 6.75″

And if I weren’t posting about doing 120 paintings, nobody would get to see this little scene!  I’ve forgotten many things about painting snow and will have to give it some more practice before any more winter scenes leave my studio (except to get acknowledged as part of the series).