Saturday, January 9, 2010

Winter Landscape

Snow Days
Watercolor 9" x 12"  Mats to 14" x 16"

Landscapes are some of my favorite types of paintings.  Although I enjoy painting a still life and other subjects, I enjoy the act of recreating a landscape.  There’s simply something about a magnificent landscape that makes me long to capture its essence on paper, to be able to create a landscape painting that generates the same powerful feelings in someone who views the painting as the landscape did in me.   A well done landscape allows the viewer to be pulled into the scene and become a part of that moment in time.    To me, painting a landscape allows me to make time "stand still" and to create memories for the future.

I love snowy weather and the fun memories that a "good, fresh" snow can make.  In the painting above, the color of the sky and the use of browns and grays in the house, trees, and buildings convey the idea that this snow probably fell overnight and the storm is not over yet.  I included the snowman and sled to add some "happy" color, tell a story and introduce the idea that this snow has been enjoyed by the children living in this house who may well be inside warming up with steaming mugs of hot cocoa! 

Whatever type of landscape you paint, consider the message you are trying to convey and use your paint to bring that idea to life. 

By the way,  landscapes are one of the top-selling subjects for paintings.    So, I am not the only one that enjoys a good landscape!


Skip & Vicki said...

love that picture. I love landscapes too. You paint beautiful landscapes.


Kaylene Neslen said...

I have enjoyed your blog. I am extremely new at watercoloring. Do you mind if I try and recreate your winter scene? I am not good enough to try and sell anything....

Karen A. Cooke said...

Thanks for the compliment! Feel free to paint my winter landscape....watercolor paintings of the same subject are always unique - that's what makes them so special!