Blowing Snow recently sold from the Lancaster Museum. Here it is, step by step. I don’t have written instructions, but I was using cobalt blue, ultramarine blue, lemon yellow, burnt sienna, raw sienna and alizarin crimson red. I lifted out the windows with masking tape to make a stencil and Mr. Clean’s magic eraser.
I had fun painting a small (14″ x 14″) watercolor of a heart shaped rock from a Smokey Mountain riverbed. I printed out the original photo, then cut it up with my scissors and rearranged the rocks to improve the composition.
Composition For Artists
Composition is like pin ball – you want to keep your viewer’s eye (the pin ball) in play for as long as possible. Give them lots of fun things to bounce their eyes off of and no places that lead them out of the composition. I enticed them with the heart shaped rock and built my composition around it, alternating light value rocks and darker areas to keep the viewer’s eye going round and round.
I started with some of the shadows and darkest areas to establish my darks. Then I started painting the rocks, one rock at a time. I worked mostly wet on wet, using thalo blue, cerulean blue, raw umber violet, burnt sienna and raw sienna. I added salt to several of the rocks while wet. After the first wash on a rock dried, I painted some of the rocks with a second wash, or more. A few rocks became too dark and I rewet areas and lifted up color. Luckily, watercolors are easy to change. I’ll spray the painting with a neutralizer to help minimize any damage the salt might cause to the paper.