Adobe House with Lights and Snow
Winter. I’m not for sure whether the challenge was winter scene or snow. Just looking back at the list which is possibly in order... I think the painting of Christmas Eve Farolito Walk was actually for “winter” but could be either one. Since I live where there is snow and real winter, I take a lot of pictures of snow. I grew up in the mid-west Chicagoland area and do not miss those winters. But after 36 years in Texas I did miss the snow, the seasons, and a more organized winter. I love the snow. I plan to make snow paintings but rarely do.
One snowy day turning towards evening as I made my way to my mailbox everything glowed. The photo was great. The air thick and pale. Holiday lights strung under snow laden branches. An inside light burning like a lantern.
The painting captured the cold, heaviness of the snow and overall atmosphere. Snow is often perceived as white, just white. It never really is. All the colors of the day or night are also there. Because I’m working in watercolor and don’t use white, and there isn’t much to paint if you just leave the paper blank for white. I do so sparingly. I had good responses on this one. I ended up putting it on my Holiday Card.
In the bleak midwinter (part)
by Christina Rossetti
In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
In the bleak midwinter, long ago.