As I mentioned in the previous post, I painted this picture as a subject for a Christmas card. I do a few every year and have them printed as cards. The subject is so specific and seasonal, its totally ‘out of place’ any other time of year. A winter painting is different. Even in summertime it can be viewed and enjoyed. But the Christmas card subject seems almost ‘tacky’ by the first of January.
So what is the critical ingredient in the Christmas card? There are the obvious ‘illustration’ type of images, holly, robin, santa, Victorian images, etc. However, a realistic landscape has to rely on all year round objects, jumbled into an arrangement which conveys the feeling of Christmas.
I don’t have a formula for subject matter appropriate for this season and its difficult to say what works or not. Of course I try and plan and ‘create’ the look, but what it is, is difficult to tie down. All I know is that after the celebrations are over and we are thinking about the new year, the painting is packed away for eleven months when it becomes appropriate again.
I will of course do a few ‘winter’ paintings, usually without snow, and as I said before, they will be ‘useable’ any time of the year.
Here is the video of the painting of this picture. I have just completed another ‘card’ and will post it in a day or two. See you then.
This one was very enjoyable to watch. Towards the end, the area looked like it had warmed up and melted the snow but it was still on the ground, then you came in with that last bit of white paint and changed the climate so completely. It ended in a climate where it had snowed more recently and it was still very cold out. 🙂
I’m delighted you enjoyed the ‘journey’. Thank you.
I really appreciate seeing your palette as you work Liam. Gives it more meaning for me. Thank you for being such a generous artist (as well as talented)! Philippa
I only realised lately that seeing the paint mixing was of interest to other painters. I’m delighted you find it interesting. Thank you Philippa.