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11-16-2011, 07:47 AM
Winter scene is one of my favorite settings to paint. People assume painting the many shades of snow is quite daunting but it is really easy to do. Let me share with you my technique, give it a try and see how simple it is to create!

For this painting, I start by covering the entire canvas with 2 coats of a paint shade that looks like the medium shadow of snow (see the top of the sky), this forms the background. The mixture is composed mainly of Titanium white, a tiny pinch of Mars Black and Ultramarine.

Once the paint is dry, I built up the snow peaks and valleys just by using pure Titanium white. I created the shadings by layering washes of white from top going down. Wait for each layer to dry before the next. Paint on as many layers as you want until you're happy with the result.

The dark shadow is the same color mix as the background only with a bit more of the black and ultramarine. From there you can add on the elements to create a nifty wintry painting.

This is my painting titled "Our Beloved Teachers" with details.
Size is 24x30 in., Acrylic on Canvas.




Yee haw!

He did it!






Arrggh! :lol:


"Our Beloved Teachers"

Thank you for looking!


chammi kaiser
11-16-2011, 09:52 AM
Wilfred, This is absolutely delightful. Bright and cheerful and full of little gems . I just love it.

Charlie's Mum
11-16-2011, 12:26 PM
Absolutely delightful - wonderful narrative ...... and being a retired teacher, I fully appreciate the sentiments and tongue-in-cheek fun of this.
Thank you for another gem Wilfred :D

11-16-2011, 12:35 PM
What fun!!! Love the snow teachers. :)

11-16-2011, 12:37 PM
Thank you for sharing your technique with wetcanvas. Your paintings are amazing. So much detail and humor everywhere you look.

11-16-2011, 12:42 PM
You have a great style Wilfred. Like Doggie Heaven this painting is full of colour and life and whimsical observation. Full marks!

11-16-2011, 02:18 PM
Thank you so much to Chammi, Maureen, Lauren, Kort, and Doug for your comments. I appreciate your taking time to view my work.

By the way, I painted the first teacher after my secondary school Algebra teacher. She was very strict and looked exactly like that everyday to class with her hair in a small bun! :lol:


11-17-2011, 11:52 AM
I absolutely love this! Made me smile.

11-17-2011, 12:05 PM
It s really a pleasure to look at it over and over again and discover all those cute details !

11-17-2011, 01:36 PM
Very well observed and painted!

11-19-2011, 05:52 PM
To Quwatha-Valentine, Friesin, and Walter... Thank you so much for your kind comments! I'm so glad you like my work, it inspires me to research more and come up with better work.


11-19-2011, 09:50 PM
..has a "rockwellian" feel to the small figures and the environment! I enjoyed this as well!


11-19-2011, 10:14 PM
I've stopped to look at this many times. Delightful!

Lady Carol
11-19-2011, 10:18 PM
Love it, love it, love it.

Bruce Collins
11-19-2011, 10:40 PM
Viewing this painting is much like reading those old christmas books as a child. Very fun. Thank you for sharing your technique, I must give this a try. :)

11-20-2011, 09:17 PM
Thank you so much Kevin, Linda, Carol, and Bruce for your comments! I'm so glad you took time to visit my thread. Hope you've enjoyed this work and wishing you all the best!


11-21-2011, 04:30 PM
That is fantastic. I love winter paintings in this style. Thanks for enlarging the portions, it is very cute. Good job. Thanks for sharing that...made me smile.

11-23-2011, 04:38 PM
You have such a sweet imagination and humor :)
Your paintings really spread joy and light in their innocent and naive style!* Thank you.

* I hope this is coming out the right way (non english person here) I mean that as a compliment. :D

11-23-2011, 06:48 PM
Thank you Liz and Claudia for your kind comments!

Claudia, I know what you mean... my work has that "innocent and naive style" look but can't exactly say it is. Earlier I coined "folk-realism" to describe my style but it is really not realism. Some called it "Americana" but it is not.

One time in a submission for a group show, the organizers were at a loss on how to classify my work, they finally settled for "landscape," but it is not.

I just wonder what style is it? Honestly I don't know. Any suggestion?



11-23-2011, 07:26 PM
Delightful, how about "American Nouveau Naive "

11-24-2011, 04:47 PM
Beautifully executed, and the humour is comfortable within the work. Love it!

11-25-2011, 02:17 AM
Pretty Funny

11-28-2011, 03:18 AM
Really amazing. All the blends are so smooth. How do you do it?

12-01-2011, 05:09 AM
Thank you Wilt, Rick, Mary, and Andre for your comments.

Andre, the technique for making the smooth blends of the snow is to use multiple layers of Titanium white wash. Start with thin washes then work up to thicker paint for the highlights. Some of the hills I used up to 5 layers or more. Let each layer dry fully before the next one. The key ingredient is patience.

I see many artists' works in acrylic that could have been better if only they have taken one more step in layering. One more layer can make a lot of difference.

Thanks and best regards to all!