time of year we are inundated with wintry scenes and beautiful snowy
landscapes--on greeting cards, products, advertisements, calendars and more. But
these winter landscapes aren't necessarily all created equal, and the same goes
for the fine art paintings of the same subject. One of the most important
elements that separates works of quality from those that are less appealing often
comes down to color schemes.
|Late Winter Afternoon by Birge Harrison, 1908, oil on canvas.
paintings of winter can get boring really fast because artists sometimes make the big
mistake of stopping at "white." I put it in quotes because, as many of us know,
it's never really just white. Just like the darks in a painting, the lights or
whites must be created through dynamic color mixing to grab a viewer's
|Sunrise in Winter by Birge Harrison.
myself that an artist should take every opportunity to mix colors and emphasize
them, especially in a winter landscape where a blah whitewash effect is so easy to
create. One artist that is worth considering when it comes to mixing colors for
winter landscapes is the late nineteenth-century painter Birge Harrison. Just look at any one of his winter scenes and you'll
see incredible color usage: shadows on snow are richly colored in blue and
gray-violet, and the winter skies that can often seem one-dimensional are
subtly prismatic. Harrison pulls in pinks and greens and yellows, but combines his
colors so deftly that you really have to spend time looking closely to see all
of the undertones.
colors is all about pulling off our blinders and looking closely at the subject
before us--and this is especially true when landscape painting in winter and any other season of the year. In the Step by Step Landscape Painting Instruction and Strong Design: The Key to Dynamic Painting eBooks, you'll find strategies for color choices, mixing colors, and ways to improve
your knowledge of color in the landscape. And
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