Creativity Workshop: Snow Time Responses

In the December 2010 issue of Watercolor Artist, Debi Watson challenged readers to venture into the cold to find the inspiration for their next watercolor paintings. Readers from across the country responded with a rich variety of winter snowscapes, but only one could rise to the top: We are now pleased to announce that Rich Bloechl is the “editors’ choice” and the winner of our prize (a six-month subscription to online video workshops, plus $50 worth of North Light ?ne art books) for his painting, Woodland Winter (pictured above).

The artist remarks of the painting process: “I began by lightly penciling in the tree shapes and then applying masking fluid to keep whites where I wanted a path and snow clumps. I wet the entire sheet and then brushed on several mostly cool colors to create a wintery mood to the background. I spattered warmer colors in the foreground and sprayed the spatters with clear water to create the foliage. When I achieved the look I was after, I added the tree shapes, removed the masking and added blues to the snow shapes. Finally, I spattered Chinese white over everything to create the snow flurries.”

Congratulations to all those who entered their work! For details about the next Creativity Workshop challenge, or to learn how to enter your work for a chance to win the prize, click here.


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