We’re in the middle of our annual January thaw here in Nova Scotia. It was plus 12 yesterday and plus 14 today. And, there’s almost no snow left. It seemed like a good time to paint an icy winter scene.
When I took the reference photo, several people suggested turning it into a watercolour. I thought it would look great but had no idea how to approach it. There was a lot of sea mist which had frozen on the trees and very little colour. A year later and a little wiser, it was time to try it.
My palette was indigo with a touch of ultramarine for the open water and a cerulean blue wash for the sky.
Variations in the landscape were achieved with a mixture of dry brushing, wet-on-wet, scratching, lifting off, and controlled blooms. I managed to reserve a lot of the snowy spots without resorting to masking fluid.
Using mostly one colour helped the focus stay on technique rather than colour mixing. Overall, it turned out better than I expected.
Looking forward to the torrential rains in the forecast for tomorrow. Not really, but maybe I’ll try raindrops next.