Shoot it, Sketch it: The colour of snow

The colour of snow – acrylic on canvas, 315 x 315 mm, 2013.

The Colour of Snow – acrylic on canvas, 315 x 315 mm, 2013.

The colour of snow, detail, to give you a better idea of the texture.

The Colour of Snow, detail – click on the image to get an even better idea of the texture.

Spreydon Domain, original photo – Christchurch, 2011.

Spreydon Domain, original photo – Christchurch, 2011.

When Christchurch became a winter wonderland a couple of years ago, we hopped in the car, drove around the corner, took a few photos of the park looking as pretty as a picture, discovered the car was stuck in the snow, dug the car out of the snow (with a little help from the neighbours) and drove home again. The next time we get this much snow, I think I’ll venture out on foot.

I’ve never painted on stretched canvas before ― and I’m in love… with the woven texture, the way it bounces with every brush stroke and the way it takes layer after layer (after layer) of paint. I’m getting ready to paint my first commissioned artwork! It’s going to be a triptych on canvas and so a little practice beforehand seemed like a good idea.

12 thoughts on “Shoot it, Sketch it: The colour of snow

  1. poppytump

    Completely believeable snow Anna ! Love the colours in your trees and how you have painted them … those snow dusted sweeping branches are super .
    Congrats and Good Luck with your first commission !

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    1. Anna Cull Post author

      Thanks, Poppy. We don’t get snow like this very often in Christchurch — once or twice a year if we’re lucky — and it was a great subject for my first canvas. I’m glad you like it. I’m currently working on a watercolour of your photo of Newlyn Harbour Wall for next week!

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      1. poppytump

        Oh WOW fantastic Anna 🙂
        So pleased you thought you would like to do something with it ! x

      2. Anna Cull Post author

        It’s a fantastic photo! I love the colours. I’m beginning to regret the decision to draw every single stone though ; )

  2. OneWeekToCrazy

    Wow, you are really talented! I didn’t even know that the first was a painting until I looked twice. I love the angle it was painted from…really captivating!

    Cheers,
    Courtney Hosny

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    1. Anna Cull Post author

      Thank you, Courtney! I’m surprised at how much the online image looks like a photo too — it does look a bit more like a painting in real life : )

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