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Sharing the lessons I teach at the Artist Guild and the personal discoveries in my art.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

February Snow



February Snow

8x6in  oil on canvas  $125. SOLD

My daughter sent me some photos after the huge
snowfall they experienced last weekend. 
This is a composite of a couple of the images.

Artist Note.












Here is a black and white to show the value of
the snow in the shadow. A middle value counts
as a dark -  so even though it is a snow painting,
mine is 3/4 dark pattern
At the Guild I have a board with the following
guide for division of light and dark patterns in
a painting. It can be helpful. These are
approximations, but you can get the drift. It
helps to have a dominant light or dark pattern.


2/3 light
1/4 dark

1/4 light
3/4 dark






1/3 light
2/3  dark
3/4 light
1/4 dark








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27 comments:

  1. Julie - what a helpful tip and one I struggle with in my own watercolors. I am learning to look more at shapes and less at lines and that seems to help me see darks and lights as well. This is a beautiful winter scene. Thanks for being generous in sharing your knowledge. Have a great day.

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    1. Thanks Debbie - pleased you got something out of it. Seeing shapes as an area can really make a difference.
      Love your grandmothers vase.

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  2. You know me Julie.....I am right on the beautiful warmth above the snow. Great contrasts...

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    1. We both painted white - mine, the snow and yours the calla lily. Your is wonderful - congrats.

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  3. What a wonderful painting, Julie. I love the texture in this piece...

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    1. Yep - some texture... and how about your bear painting! great painting and great story.

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    1. Thank you Maria. Congratulations on the award.

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  5. Welcome back, was wondering where you were. I love the moody snow painting and I think that you avoided the "in your face" white painting very well.

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    1. I have been working on the paintings for my May show so painting every day still, but not always the small daily paintings.
      YOur head is fantastic and I am looking forward to more.

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  6. Your snow is very fascinating! You showed interesting way to compose the landscapes . Light and dark are the real backbone of the composition!
    Understanding this reality is often difficult for people like me who came to paint at a mature age, but with a little effort is coming. I find it easier with acrylics ,starting from dark,than watercolors. But when a concept is put into practice more an more,then remains incorporated with any technique. Dear Julie, thank you for these lessons that are good in my mind!

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    1. Your description shows an ability to dissect and understand art. it shows in your works too. Congratulations on your milestone of 100,000 visits to your blog. Congratulations of finding a wonderful way to thank your views. You are very generous to have a beautiful floral painting to download for so many.

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    1. Thanks Sherry. Looking forward to your next step in your landscape.

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  8. Love this warm ( ! ) snow scene, your sense of color is exquisite .

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    1. Hi Jane - that is a nice complement - thank you.
      Your blue eyed lady is very dramatic - I love her.

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  9. So so lovely...the snow and your painting of it. We had two very large snow storms pass through Kansas and I was outside a lot taking pictures with the hopes of painting them one day.

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    1. It was the same storms which hit my daughters place. This was taken after the grey sky started to clear in the late afternoon. Glad you took pics. Now imagine your white cat in the white snow under the tree waiting for birdy!

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  10. Your monochromatic pieces are a great guide, Julie. They really show how to simplify the landscape into big shapes and tones for strong compositions. Love the "February Snow"!

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    1. Enjoyed your comment - thank you. I visited your wonderful blog and really enjoyed your self portrait and story!

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  11. Wonderful, Julie - so many interesting shapes - and the values are perfect. Your work fascinates and delights me!

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    1. Hi Susan - glad to hear you are getting back into the swing of things and will look forward to new work.
      I treasure your complement - thank you,

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  12. The snowscape is beautiful, and the black and white studies just what I need to see right now...and do more of! Thanks for inspiring a excellent work.

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    1. Hi Mary and how about that huge and stunning riverscape you just posted. It is oooh and ah time!

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  13. p.s.- I've been meaning to say 'thanks for the tip on 'prove you are a human' when commenting. Your right...the numbers can be anything as long as the letters are correct-who knew!!

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    1. It is handy to know isn't it. Wish we could tell the world.

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  14. Love the simplified shapes and contrasts, quite a lot to learn from this work Julie. Just yday I was enjoying your works on the painter'skeys website, all of them are mind blowing !

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Cheers,
Julie