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.
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!