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Study for Snow Day

Painting snow on an unreasonably cold day

There’s little excuse not to stay inside the past few days—minus windchills today—so painting snow is perfect. In Prospect Park, I took a few hundred photographs after the storm on Friday and out of that number, a handful of images stood out as potential paintings. My favorite is a lake composition with this jubilant little girl being tugged along in her sled by her mother. She has this expression of total glee on her face, and I love her cute parka that’s been accessorized very nicely to go with the red sled.

I know that I’ll never get the detail into the child’s form once the full-sized painting is worked on, so I did this detail study to explore her emotional kewpie-doll face. Strong shadows and light gave me good shapes and color to work with, which helped in capturing the shape of her face. I found that painting snow has similarities to the sandy beach. We’ll see how this plays out in the larger painting.

January 2014
Watercolor and graphite
Arches cold press, 300 lb, 10″ x 14″

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