I will return to the tree painting theme again soon, but I wanted to take a break and mix things up.
I also wanted to throw out a couple of suggestions on snow painting.
- Snow isn't white, learn to work with mixtures of another color that just slightly tints your white. Lay those mixtures over one another to get opalescence.
- Imagine a string of those interconnected paper dolls that are cut out with a scissors from black construction paper and laid on to a white ground. That's how things work in a snowscape. The sky and the snow are the white background and everything else is a dark silhouetted in front of it.
- Generally you will want to keep your lights warm and your shadows cool. This is most true on a sunny day.
- Look for the structure in the snow and try to explain it. It is not just all one value. You will need to seize on the changes of the planes in the snow and exaggerate them to get them to read.
- Don't divide the amount of snow and the amount of darks in half, let one be the dominant. Since it is a snowscape, usually that should be the snow.
- Sometimes it works well to have the sky darker than the snow.