Paint A Fresh Winter Snow Scene

Use Wet-In-Wet Technique For Fast, Fresh Work

This lesson makes short work of a winter scene. It’s easy to image the sun peeking out and lighting up a landscape of freshly fallen snow.  Wet-in-wet will give us the freshness and help manage the difficult color of Cerulan Blue.

Painting The Winter Scene

Winter scenes are all about snow. There are many ways to paint snow the important characteristic to get right is it’s soft texture. The essence of soft texture is easily accomplished with the wet-in-wet technique. An added bonus of wet-in-wet is the fresh, loose look – especially important since this scene is inspired by the look of freshly fallen snow.

This painting uses a very limited palette of four colors – three of them together are a very effective primary triad for winter scenes.  Of the four, Cerulean Blue will be the featured color. “Real” Cerulean Blue ( see this lesson about Cerulean Blue for more info) is a beautiful and unique color. But it is also heavy, highly sedimentary and a bit difficult to work with.   Wet-in-wet is the perfect technique for Cerulean since it keeps it fluid, allows the pigment to flow as well as it can and prevents mud.

Drawing Layout For Any Painting

The drawing layout is done with heavy lines to make it easy to see and copy onto your watercolor paper. It is best to draw the lines on paper fairly light, especially in the sky. Heavier lines are more likely to show through the paint. It’s not a deal-breaker, but those heavy pencil lines are sometimes a distraction.

What you’ll need

  • Brushes – Large, Medium, and Small Rounds, along with a Rigger.
  • Colors – Quinacridone Burnt Scarlet, Cobalt Blue, Raw Sienna and Cerulan Blue.  Quinacridone Burnt Scarlet can be roughly duplicated with a mix of Alizarin Crimson and Burnt Sienna.
  • Watercolor paper – preferably Arches 140lb Cold Press cut to about 7″ x 11″ or so

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