Tips on Painting Snowy Landscapes

Tips on Painting Snowy Landscapes

Painting snow can be trickier than you think. Snow is, in essence, white, but when you closely observe it, you will notice a multitude of colors. The shadows and texture of snow can change depending on the weather conditions and time of day. A cloudy day can create a creamy, orangeish hue, while a bright sunny day can give off cool blue hues.

Painting White Snow with Colors

Avoid using black to create the shadows while painting snow. It will only make the snow look dirty. Keep in mind that snow will absorb or reflect the colors surrounding it. For instance, the shadows in snow will often reflect what it happening in the sky. Imagine the range of colors that reflect in a beautiful snowy landscape during an especially colorful sunset. Keep in mind too that the bright areas in snow are most likely not pure white either.

How to Paint Falling Snow

If you are attempting to paint falling snow actively falling, first decide if your snowy environment has blowing snow or a light snowfall. For blowing snow, try using a toothbrush to brush on wisps of snow, and working in different areas with a drybrush. Keep in mind, that blowing snow rarely falls straight down, but at an angle. For a light snowfall, try a splattering technique with an old toothbrush and using thinner and thicker paint to give you varying sizes of snowflakes. Then use a really small round brush to dot on varying dots of snow for more detail.

Hand Paint a Snowy Landscape

Don't be afraid to try your hand at painting a snowy landscape. Just make sure to give it as much life and color as you would a vibrant colorful landscape. Look for the subtleties in your snowy landscape, and you will be sure to create a beautiful wintery scene.