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