Since Christmas is just around the corner, I worked on some compositions and sketches and decided on the one below. Sketches I made on the reverse side are visible as this is on printing paper .
I have never seen snow in real life. So on this pastel painting, I mostly relied on my imagination and what I can remember of pictures of winter that I have seen before. Working from imagination allows me to use a “looser” approach. It is a contrast to working on portraits from photos where I strive to be as detailed and realistic as I could. I find it quite refreshing to change styles (and subjects) once in a while .
This pastel painting is on 12.7 x 17.7 cm (5″ x 7″) Canson paper. The sky area required a little more work than the rest — it started out very rough — but I greatly enjoyed layering the soft light blue, violet, and white on the snow area . I managed to scan it twice as I was working on it. I have included these scans below.