No white paint here, just lots of snow and bright paper.
It’s not that I like winter that much, it’s much more about the snowfall and how a good one blankets everything and creates a beautiful silence to my immediate world. Bundled and booted up, I try to make my way up to Prospect Park and snap tons of photographs until my hands freeze and the camera gets too wet. I love how the people I meet along the way, unless they are required to be outside, share my thrill of the snow and we smile and nod to one another. We’re all having fun.
Fuller Place is one of those special one-block-long streets that becomes even more charming when iced with a good layer of snow. The trees arch over and the white porches blend in, their details softened and hidden. For this painting, I studied the atmospheric effect that the heavy snowfall created. I knew that I wanted to keep the background soft and bright, in order to contrast with the foreground made up of delineated tree branches. With a 2H pencil I plotted out branches and details until I couldn’t stand it any longer, and then held the paper vertically and flecked masking fluid to make wind-blown snowflakes. It was then time to actually paint. I pre-mixed several neutral tones and used them full-strength or diluted with a lot of water to get the soft tones. There is not a drop of white paint in this piece—the bright white of the great Arches paper is what sparkles throughout.
I have one more winter scene to paint, but I may save it for a sultry July day. It is spring after all.
Arches cold press, 300 lb, 14.25″ x 21.5″