How to paint a snowy scene in watercolour

Watercolour tutorial
(Image credit: Robert Brindley)

The fluidity, transparency and immediacy of watercolour allows the artist to interpret a wide variety of subject matter. Although challenging, especially for beginners, watercolour paints can be simplified by adopting a limited palette and choosing a subject with good ‘tonal contrast’ and there are plenty of watercolour tutorials to help refine your skills. 

In the following snow scene demonstration, I followed the above criteria and worked from photographic reference, in conjunction with a ‘plein air’ oil painting. Working from a sketch – or even a painting in the final stages – helps to eliminate the often overwhelming detail in a photograph. 

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Robert Brindley aims to capture light and atmosphere in a contemporary impressionistic style. He tutors watercolour around the UK and abroad.