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White Christmas

If you are dreaming of a white Christmas, why not paint it? Robert Newcombe suggests four ways of painting a snow scene
Ravenstone Church, December 2011, watercolour, 10x14in. (25x35cm)

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

How to paint snow scenes

How to use Robert’s 5Cs of painting

How to paint from a photograph, a sketch, en plein air and from your imagination

Snow scenes are a gift for watercolourists, because the white of the paper is used to represent the snow – no white paint is ever needed. This requires careful planning, however, to identify the areas of snow covering in the scene and to cut around them whilst painting.

Painting on site

Where I live in Buckinghamshire we rarely experience a white Christmas, but in 2011 we had a heavy fall of snow in the middle of December and I ventured out to paint the village church en plein air. It was cold with a weak winter sun so it was important to dress warmly. I set up my easel in the churchyard, pushing it into the snow, selected a quarter Imperial sheet of Bockingford paper and painted Ravenstone Church December 2011 (above).

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Have fun as you learn to paint with Leisure Painter. Aimed at beginners and amateur painters, this month's magazine offers step-by-step demonstrations, tutorials, projects from photographs, illustrated techniques and tips and techniques for painting with watercolour, acrylic, water-mixable oils, pastel, coloured pencils, ink and other drawing media. Find out how to paint seasonal landscapes, seascapes, wildlife, flowers and figures. There's also an article on mindful drawing techniques and one artist's experience of painting a large-scale mural on a remote tropical island. Enjoy your month of painting with Leisure Painter.