Day 222: Winter Landscape

Winter Landscape (Chinese Spontaneous Style)

Winter Landscape (Chinese Spontaneous Style)

I can’t believe we’re almost at the end of this term of Chinese painting already, only two classes left to go and then we break until October. It’s too long!

We finished our winter landscapes today, firstly adding Burnt Umber for the trees and rocks then Indigo for the water, sky and snow shadows. Maurice, our teacher, explained that the brown intentionally gives the painting some warmth so that the cool of the blue contrasts more, and it certainly looks cold 🙂

It’s a bit hard to see, but there was also been opaque white added on the rocks and a little on the trees to indicate snow. This is something frowned upon in traditional watercolour, but apparently perfectly normal in Chinese painting. The mountains also had a touch, this time applied from the back so it didn’t interfere with the ridge lines – something you can do when the paper is so thin!