The Colour of Winter – Oil Painting

The Colour of Winter

The colours are: Indian Red & Raw Umber (reds), Yellow Ochre and Cerulean Blue. Not the depths of Winter, just the introduction. There are yellows and browns, reds and blues, but the overall is calm and cool. The choice of colours is important. The previous painting (here) was also an attempt at a Winter type painting, but the basic colours did not naturally lean in that direction and had to be manhandled into a Winter landscape. Not so these colours. They just ooze Winter. They also work well together. This means any mixes of any of the colours produce good harmonies. The only tricky one is Indian Red and should be used sparingly.

I did not use any medium and almost no solvent here. This gives a ‘pastel’ look to the painting. I thought I might have a problem with the sky, producing the softness needed in clouds. I think it worked out OK. At the moment I like this dry painting method. Maybe its a reaction to the extremely wet method I used in the Autumn paintings.

The video of the painting process will be ready to post soon as this painting is small (9″x12″) and was painted relatively quickly in about an hour and a half. See you then.

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5 thoughts on “The Colour of Winter – Oil Painting

    • Thanks Alissa. In a few weeks the weather has transformed the landscape dramatically. Its no wonder the weather is the top topic of conversation in Ireland. Constant change.

  1. A true capture of the first signs of winter. My weak sense of colour is being honed by painting classes at our local art school – hours of mixing exercises and colour theory – but I learn more from your posts – thank you William…

    • Thanks again John. I abandoned colour theory a long time ago. I found the more I thought about it, the more difficult it seemed to put in practice. Now I think about ‘paint’ and what I can do with it as a physical material. I saw a TV programme recently about the early English porcelain painters. They had a very limited and restrictive palette but they devised ingenious ways to get the best with these limitations. I was reminded of my own approach to oil painting.

      • Inspired by your explorations I have begun to limit my palette and have found that two or three colours simplifies the process but also offers enough variety to express what I need to say – thanks William…

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