When the winter days shorten and the sun lowers in the sky, something interesting happens to the light of day. It takes on a golden hue, something this artist finds very inspiring. I love winter colours! People might look at snow and sky and see white and blue alone, but for the trained eye of the artist, many colours can be seen. When I started painting in my youth I would gaze out the window of the car while on some family road trip and wonder… what colours would I mix to make that shade of sky? Which yellow and blue would mix to create the green of the pine trees.
When I look at the winter snow, it is not ‘white’ that I see, there are many different shades of blue in my vision. Nothing is more breath taking then the low winter sun creating hues of yellow, orange, purple, gold…. and those colours mixed in my vision with the many blues of the snow create a colour balance, a compliment, that cannot be met. At night when the snow is freshly fallen and the street lights shine, the snow appears to sparkle like diamonds with all the colours of the spectrum. Next time take a long look at the snow and sky and see how many colours you can discover. -JJ