|American Homestead Winter~Currier & Ives, 1869 via Wikiart.org|
Painting snow scenes feels the opposite of cold and dreary. In elementary school I remember the holiday make parents a gift— hot plate for mother, ash tray for father. The hot plate requires white spray paint over the image we painted on a hot plate form. I remember the newspaper on the floor with my little artwork in the center being transformed into a magical landscape. It was a true awareness moment that snow is beauty, and that image is mine! I laugh about it now when I think of how mesmerized I was. I wanted to white spray everything! Art in school is the one course that always captured my soul. Thus, this time of year is especially warm through those special innocent memories.
Spraying on snow? Fun yes. Easy no. Finding the right brush can take time, even when you have a set of old standby brushes. Mixing the correct viscosity of paint requires practice. Watercolor paintings take more care so as not to ruin the image with a blob of paint (that almost in slow motion lands on the surface where its not at all wanted). Practice on a separate sheet of paper taking note of how you achieve the right spray. Glazing fluid is thicker than water, and to me easier to mix the right way for the fluid paint to move from brush flicking to paper or canvas.
It was fun adding snow to this blogs favorite banner.