I’ve been waiting for the stuff to fall from the sky that simplifies the landscape, provides a smooth landing for chilly shadows, and acts as a perfect foil for crystal clear blue skies. For a long time, a snow-covered landscape has been so much more appealing to me than a drenched-in-greens landscape. I love the way a winter snowfall covers over the extraneous details and forces us to see the simplicity of forms.
The challenge for artists of all kinds is how to deal with the color of whites–are they blueish, yellowish, lavenderish or more neutral gray. All deceptively simple decisions in any media. Next time you look at a winter scene, try to see the “whites” of snow, assign a color description and imagine how an artist might capture the variations of tones in paint, pastels or other media.
In the meantime we could sure use some snow up here.