Painting of the Week

Painting of the Week – December

Enjoy Painting Snow!

It seems like the winter is coming too quickly and that cold blast we just had, makes one forget its beauty. This painting “December” reminds me of how Dad taught us to enjoy the snow. Our house in Wayzata was surrounded by Maple trees with magical snowy branches. My sister Darin & I shared a room that looked out on our driveway. When Dad backed up his pick up, he left tracks like candle flames in the fresh snow. Over a 3 year period he created a skating rink for us. When the rink was ready, he invited Marian Dwyer, a line skater in the Ice capades and her husband TV character “Round House Rodney” from WCCO, over for dinner and they taught us some basic skating techniques. Rodney, who also was a skating clown, did a spin and left a perfect imprint of his face and leprechaun hat in the snow. It lasted a week!

I admit snow paintings inspired me to use watercolor. White is the most reflective color and you can add all sorts of beautiful color to the white. It makes a perfect study of value contrast. The trick is to learn to reverse the values by putting colored branches of snow against a white back ground, or the reverse, a white branch against a blue background. You learn to think ahead quickly.

  • I am excited to release December” as a giclée in 2 sizes. It is beautiful! Pre-issue discounts ($10 off the smaller size and $25 off the large) apply until Decembe18th.  I also only have 9 packs left of this popular Christmas card so it will be first come first serve at the Pride of Dakota Showcase.

Other Great Show Specials!

  • $2.00 off a signed copy of Samson’s Gift plus free shipping (online too)!
  • Get a free $8.95 pack of notecards with the purchase of any $95.00 giclée or 2 free packs on any giclée over $200.00

Here is the calendar of events!

Fargo – Scheels Arena  (Booths C27-28) (booth by the Concessions Stand)

Show Hours:

Friday, November 22                  4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 23            9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 24
              11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.      

Bismarck Civic Center (Booth 206)

Show Hours:

Friday, December 6             4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 7          9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 8
             11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.         


Subscribe to Ellen’s Newsletters

* indicates required