How to paint aspens with a cold, wintry feel in watercolor

“Cold Light of WInter” Watercolor 15×11

To give a watercolor, or a painting in any medium for that matter, have a cold, wintry feel to it, there are several components:

Softness (Watercolor is the perfect medium for this)!

Muted Colors

Abundance of cool rather than warm colors

Lots of grayed colors, even greens (for example, no warm, bright greens)

Try for the soft background a grayed green, such as viridian with a touch of alizarin crimson and yellow ochre. That’s one of my favorites. If your mixture looks too brown, it’s too warm and you’ve probably added too much alizarin. Add viridian back in until you get a pretty grayed green. You may also use a gray-blue, such as ultramarine blue and burnt sienna behind these greens for even more distant trees. This is also a pretty gray to use for the shadows in the snow.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post! Be sure to click on the images to enlarge them. “Cold Light of WInter” is the demonstration I did for the RIchardson Civic Art Society in Texas on February 18th.

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