I was surprised when I got yet another Christmas home portrait commission last week. That makes it twice in one year. I have put the linocuts aside briefly to work on this but will go back to them when I am done.
Snow scenes in pastel are a little off of the beaten path for me, but the one I did earlier this year has put me in good stead for another. I decided to start with minimal foliage, especially for the fir trees. I can always add more after I put on the color. There are no roof shingles showing of course, but I have to suggest changes in the roof planes, as the garage is angled off of the main portion of the house to form a cozy entryway. The reddish brown front door and sidelites, under a large covered hip, will help add some color. The brick is a soft pastel gray/beige with accents of pink and blue.
The main feature he wanted was a Christmas tree visible in the bay window and some lights up on the gutters. I moved the little tree in the front a bit to the right to accomplish this. The effect is a pleasantly subdued holiday scene. I have laid down most of the color but am letting it sit a day before I finish it up. Snow is so tricky.