Winter Woods & Stream
Creating Atmosphere on a Cloudy Day
A Shari Blaukopf online watercolour demonstration
When you live in a northern climate, as I do, painting snow scenes is inevitable. You could choose to paint only on sunny days, when the snow is fresh and the shadows at their sharpest — and that's always rewarding. But of course it's not always sunny, and so by limiting yourself you'd miss out on so many more days of sketching nature in all its variety and moods.
In this one-hour demo, I'll show you that while overcast winter days may seem uninspiring at first, they offer opportunities to create mood and atmosphere through subtle shifts in colour and tonality.
So please join me on a typically overcast day, as I paint a landscape of winter woods near my home, capturing the reflections in a nearby stream and the soft shadows of a northern sky. I'll show you how to plan the composition; how to select a limited palette for winter trees and an icy stream; and how to work from large areas to small details.
You can watch this demo as often as you like and, once you understand my process, I encourage you to paint right along with me!