The color of my snow

Winter has arrived all over the northern hemisphere. Now is a good time to reconsider how we draw or paint our snow. Sure your snow may still be white, but which white exactly? And why not another color? Time to step outside or dig into what art history has to teach.

Start with a safe palette of shades of the same color. John Hulsey and Ann Trusty of Hulsey Trusty Designs have the perfect to-the-point advices in this short article on Artists Network. Observation and an adventurous spirit are key. The pair have their own business at Artist’s Road. See their detailed how-to article Painting Winter: Exploring the winter landscape, and see what real plein air painting aficionados do.

Even scientists love winter landscapes. See some more paintings with their corresponding palettes in this fun blurb at the University Center for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) website.

Snowman, gouache on paper, c1963. By Yvon. Source: CDIC-CIDE.

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