Winter Tree and Snow Sketch

Whenever you’re unhappy with your own current weather conditions and you long for something else….just make your own!
Winter Tree in LaGrange,IL #1 watercolor

I love snow. I love to watch it fall, I love to hike in it, but what I love most of all is to paint snow.
My Dad (who moved out West because he hates Chicago weather) always said to me, “Christine, when you get older, you’ll hate snow. Shoveling and driving in it will drive you nuts.”
Well, I’m older and I still looooove snow!

I am longing for a big storm, I might actually get it this Wednesday…but I CAN’T WAIT THAT LONG! So I have decided to paint my favorite weather conditions and not wait.

Yesterday I had some time to spare in LaGrange, IL at the gallery and I noticed two beautiful young trees. The trees are exact (even the crooked one) but the sky, background and snow are all made up. You can do that if you want. Reality can sometimes be boring.

Winter Tree in LaGrange, IL #2 watercolor, salt

 With tree #1, I painted falling snow and snow on the tree limbs with white gouache. With tree #2, I sprinkled salt on the background while it was still wet, to make it look like it was snowing.

I can’t really explain why, but creating your own weather really makes you feel better. If it’s winter and you like warm weather, you don’t have to wait, paint the beach or some summer flowers. It works!


  1. Yesterday, Central Pennsylvania had their first snow in december 2009. What a wonderland it was; the trees looked as if they had been spray painted in white & all they needed were colorful balls to make a Christmascy scene!

  2. It sn*wed here last night, actually. Fortunately it was mostly gone by morning. *shudder* Glad you like it. I’ll still (& always) pass.

  3. Christina: How I love to hear the seasonal higlights from around the country! Thank you so much for sharing that magical moment in Pennsylvania. I bet you were very excited to see the first snow of winter. I was excited to hear about it from you. Thanks!

    Joan: The first snow of the season is the most magical of all! I bet you can paint it!!! Just try, you will be surprised. 😀 Thank you.

    Lana: Holy Cow! Snow in Louisianna! Well, maybe you liked it just a tiny bit? You don’t have to admit it 😉

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