Snowy Colours – Watercolour
Done a few weeks ago when we had more snow. This was an attempt to spot as many colours in the snow as possible. I am always amazed at how things are never “just white” as the shadows and different areas reflect the light. I was once told that warm sky colours, in snow, should be complemented by cold ground ones and vice-versa and this seems to work for me,
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Snowy Colours – Watercolour
My garden under snow – Watercolour with some acrylic
Its been a mixed winter so far with some snow falls which don’t last as wind and rain soon shifts the stuff. As we tend to get our heaviest falls at the start of the year perhaps this is still to come. Come to think of it, that’s about now!
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This is a seasonal scene. It was inspired by the many farm buildings spotted during our recent visit to Wisconsin. In order to make it “seasonal” I have imagined it in snow despite these folks only having minimal amounts so far. I have therefore cheated with this but, as you might have realised, I love snowy scenes. There are more in the pipeline as we have, near Edinburgh, had at least three snowfalls so far this winter which is around 6 weeks earlier than the norm.
Brrrr is back – Watercolour with some Inktense
It doesn’t seem all that long since I was posting winter scenes. What happened to the summer? It snowed yesterday, not too much but just enough to make the scenery interesting. This is from my favourite daily walk, Tormain Woods. Its was nice and calm but temperatures fell to -4C soon afterwards. Please spare a thought for us, in this part of the world as 90mph winds are forecast for the afternoon of the 8th December. This should guarantee that any remaining snow is shifted – until the next lot on Friday. I wonder how long the power will last?
Frosty Morning – Watercolour and Pastel
Combining watercolour with my new found pastels. This was done a couple of weeks ago as I tried to get to grips with my new stuff. The mornings are a bit warmer these days although experience reminds me that there is still time cooler weather. We even had snow in May a couple of years ago and it regularly snows up in the Scottish mountains all year round.
Snow Storm Approaching – Pastel and Ink
Another experiment in my “sketching quest”. This time I used some hard, coloured pastels for the background and dark coloured ones for the trees which were applied with a damp brush. The threatening sky was over-washed with ink “drizzled” into a wet surface and allowed to do its own thing.
Towards the Farm Cottages – Watercolour
I photographed this scene a couple of weeks ago when there was plenty of snow lying. It shows the long track leading towards Ratho Mains Farm Cottages. These dwellings once housed the local farm workers but they are all privately owned now. They lie about half a mile to the south of our village and they are surrounded by fields. A peaceful place to stay but things must have been hard getting out for supplies during the hardest weather. As they do not lie on local roads there was no snow clearing and its taken until a few days ago for all of the snow to clear. Just in time for the next lot which might come in a few days.
Tiny Beeches in Snowy Ground – Watercolour
Nothing special about this but I was intrigued by the way these small trees have kept some of their leaves through the whole winter. The snow is fast going but these plants stand, in a frost covered hillock in the local woods, with most of their leaves attached. The trees are only about 2 feet high and I had some difficulty in getting some scale into this scene. In my first attempt, I drew a small mouse, peeking out from behind the tree. This didn’t work as it looked as if the trees were “normal height” with a giant rodent underneath. Suggestions welcome.
Snowy Birches – Watercolour
Just a small study of some of my favourite trees. In these parts, Birches are among the first to loose their foliage in the Autumn but the first to burst into life in early spring. Lying under this snow its almost possible to imagine them getting ready to go, rather like a sprinter on the starting blocks. If we don’t get another cold snap I reckon a change will be noticed in around eight weeks.
The Sky Is Low, The Clouds Are Mean – Watercolour
The Sky Is Low, The Clouds Are Mean
The sky is low, the clouds are mean,
A travelling flake of snow
Across a barn or through a rut
Debates if it will go.
A narrow wind complains all day
How some one treated him;
Nature, like us, is sometimes caught
Without her diadem.
Emily Elizabeth Dickinson