Saturday, November 02, 2013

A Winter Day, Painting realistic snow

Winter Day
Winter Day, painting by Delilah Smith
About This Painting:

Painting realistic snow is always a challenge.

There is always a slight bit of subsurface scattering going on in snow, even on overcast days, this softens transitions between light and shadow and gives the snow a tinge of the hue from whatever local color is affecting it.

I am painting a warm morning sun coming up over the snow cover trees.

 Where the sunlight hits snow, it spreads out in almost in a prismatic effect, the shadow areas pick up the light of the sky color and reflections from sunlit areas. So you can see the warm orange tint that I have used in the lower area of the sky reflected in the snow.

 Because of all of these effects snow is never pure white except where you have a direct highlight from the sun. I personally try to avoid using pure white in winter painting s as much as possible.

When you are in a position to actually see the highlights, you quickly realize how much relatively darker the rest of the snow is even in the lit areas. 

We do not have snow here in Michigan yet but I feel it coming burrrrr.

Winter Day
oil painting on canvas mounted on a museum quality panel
Media: oil painting
Size: 7 in X 5 in (17.8 cm X 12.7 cm)
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Thank You:
Art by Delilah, with a Passion for PaintingAll Images © 2006-2013

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