|"Winter Morning" (oil, 9" x 12")|
Both paintings above are based on the pictures I took many winters ago down the street along Holmes Run in Alexandria, VA. We don't usually get much snow in northern Virginia. So whenever there is a bit of snowfall, it is a snow day and everybody is happy. I am from a country (South Korea) that gets lots of snow every year. I've got to see snow in winter; otherwise, I feel deprived.
And I love to paint snowscapes. Although it gives local residents much pleasure, Holmes Run is a small creek, not a particularly scenic one at that. But look at my paintings! It's the snow that transformed an ordinary creek into a winter wonderland. No omnipresent, oppressive greens as leaves had fallen. White snow, which has hints of the sun's warmth, makes big bold shapes or sparkling, lacy tendrils. The creek with wonderfully fuzzy reflections of bare trees on the opposite bank is a bonus, which provides a nice dark shape in the middle ground. I hope we get some nice snow this winter, not just dustings.