Painting of the Week

Painting of the Week – Sugar Plum Visions

Coloring Snow

The snow is here, the sun is out and today the trees are creating a dazzling show.  Sugarplum Visions was created from a similar day.  Boy is it cold out, so it’s a good time to think about the beauty of it all.  I headed across the river on a similar snowy sunlit day for my inspiration for this. This home is kitty-corner to Fjelstad Hall on the Concordia College campus in Moorhead, MN. It is so much fun to see how people decorate their homes and this charming house caught my attention with its red and green and gorgeous trees. Sugarplum Visions is available as a Christmas card and a giclee!

Do you know a place I should go take pictures of this week?

Sugarplum Visions was created in one of my workshops where we explored painting snow and using  Cobalt Green which is a light cool toned green. You can find this color in the upper left corner branches of the painting. Cobalt Green is a lighter value granular pigment that doesn’t take over and works well with pinks and reds. It was particularly fun to paint the pine trees in front. I painted snowy shapes like Dairy Queen Cones, modeling the light changes, and then added the branches peeking out.  Notice how the colors vary in the green branches. Look at how the Elm branches change color as your eye follows them.


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