Daily Painting – Winter Sun

“Winter Sun” – oil on hardboard – 10 in x 8 in

I seldom paint snow because, well, we don’t have a lot of it in Southern California unless you go in search of it in the mountains. And that only lasts a short while unless it’s a particularly snowy year. But I’m hoping that there’ll be some this year so that I can try some plein air painting. It will be oil – I don’t think I could manage too well with watercolor out in low temperatures, although I did that once at Mammoth Mountain and it turned out OK.

At any rate, this is a practice painting in which I started to get some feel for the textures of a winter landscape. I used a wet canvas reference photo to work from. Unless I come up with something I like better (and soon) it will be my Christmas card for this year …


  1. maggie in sc
    December 4, 2006

    Fabulous as usual Dahling…but not happening in S. Cal:> Need to move to hmm is it Oregon or the midwest…I KNOW Colorado…freezin here but NO snow:>

  2. Kate (Cathy) Johnson
    December 4, 2006

    It is GORGEOUS. Oh yum…makes me want to go down that road!!

  3. Annie
    December 4, 2006

    I love that sky and the lights on the snow. And a road to sled down if you are a kid. Brings back New England childhood memories.

  4. Casey
    December 5, 2006

    Wow – what’s the wind chill factor? It’s hard to believe you are able to convey this feeling of cold weather rfrom sunny California. Beautiful work.

  5. lin
    December 5, 2006


  6. Sandy
    December 5, 2006

    Well Karen, I do live in snow country and Yes You Captured It Quite Well – it is 30 degrees this morning and your picture makes me shiver, inside –
    Beautiful and serene – like aa new follow snow always appears.

  7. Jana Bouc
    December 5, 2006

    Brrrrrr. You really nailed it Karen. It’s so evocative of a cold snowy day out in the country. Really beautiful!!

  8. Wendy
    December 5, 2006

    Brrrrr indeed. It looks so cold. I like the roll in the road, the curved shapes. It was 33 degrees here yesterday and there are over 50 bushfires in our state of Victoria. So it’s confronting to see a snow scene!

  9. n.b.
    December 5, 2006

    It’s beautiful! Great job, as usual.

  10. Linda
    December 5, 2006

    Oh wow — this is really wonderful! I think it will make a great Christmas card!

  11. MaryC
    December 5, 2006

    This is beautiful!!! I love the way this looks frozen, but still soft. You have such talent, again, thanks for sharing it with us.

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