Christmas scene

This is the commission that I have been working on over the last week. I have never done a snow scene before so it has been quite a new adventure.

Christmas scene

I have had to try to balance the colors of the snow cover and the house within a rather limited pallette.  The lack of leaves means that the white can be a bit overpowering, so I tried to balance the ink first and then add in the colors.  Usually, I add the colors of the house and roof into the vegetation to pull the whole thing together, but that is not quite as straight forward with this.  Overall, I am happy with the effort but will wait until tomorrow to finalize what I have done.  I know I want to add a little more of something to the background trees but I haven’t quite decided what.
All along, I have had a picture in my head of what I want, unlike most of what I do.  Usually I have a basic idea and let the picture develop as I add color, but with the more limited snow pallette this is not possible.  I had to think more beforehand of the direction it would go and make sure to not overcolor it first.  I also didn’t want the Christmas colors ot overpower what is a cute little house.  I think it just needs a little tweaking before I send it on its way.

14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Karen
    Jan 15, 2012 @ 15:36:15

    This is just lovely. Architecture is certainly your forte. Great job. I’m sure your client will be very pleased.


  2. ruthsartwork
    Jan 15, 2012 @ 23:10:42

    Thanks, Karen. It has been an interesting experience.


  3. Anne Jutras
    Jan 16, 2012 @ 08:19:50

    This is absolutely gorgeous! Love the house between the two trees, very lovely.


  4. ruthsartwork
    Jan 16, 2012 @ 09:38:11

    Thanks Anne. I still have to balance the greens a little and put more snow on the trees (what I have doesn’t show up very well in the photo) but it is about 95% done. I’m hoping to get it in the mail tomorrow.


  5. Kathy
    Jan 16, 2012 @ 12:12:44

    LOVE IT. I am always drawn to winter scenes. I just looked at out trees here at the house and the tall pines in the background are really green even with the snow on them. Maybe that is what you are looking for??? But, then I am not the artist.
    Kathy from Hattie Designs


  6. ruthsartwork
    Jan 16, 2012 @ 12:28:16

    Yes Kathy, I will be adding a little green to the background. The trick is the balance.


  7. Sandy Lewis
    Jan 17, 2012 @ 07:37:00

    This is a beautiful painting, one of my favorites of yours so far. I hope you post another picture when you are completely finished tweaking it.


  8. ruthsartwork
    Jan 17, 2012 @ 10:07:45

    Maybe tomorrow. Depends on whether I can get a good enough picture. It’s dark and rainy today and I plan to get it in the mail.


  9. handpaintedpetals
    Jan 17, 2012 @ 20:45:56

    What a lovely work, Ruth — really conveys the warmth of the home, and I want to go right in and curl up with a good book! 🙂

    Beautifully done!


  10. Cindy D.
    Jan 17, 2012 @ 22:26:48

    What a charming little house all decked out in holiday fashion. It’s also neat you were forced to work with snow and had to make adjustments and discoveries that are sure to help you in future projects. Very nice!


  11. ruthsartwork
    Jan 18, 2012 @ 11:06:45

    I am not known for extreme experimentation, so this was a great opportunity. I did learn a lot.


  12. lesliepaints
    Jan 19, 2012 @ 17:27:08

    This is beautiful and welcoming, Ruth. I like the Christmas ornamentation because it does draw attention to the house and brings me to the porch and the doorways. I don’t feel it draws attention away but draws me in.


  13. ruthsartwork
    Jan 19, 2012 @ 21:58:28

    This was hard for me, not ever having done a snow scene before. We talked back and forth on the decorations so as not to overwhelm the house. I think it worked out fine.


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