One of my current goals with my artwork is to learn to appreciate and paint snow scenes. This is the ideal year for it, because southern Wisconsin has gotten more snow than I remember for quite a while. All the folks who bought snowblowers, or who have been moping over their unused cross-country skis, are happy at last.
For me, though, the fresh snow has gotten me out with my camera, and then upstairs in my studio. My most recent efforts have been monoprints. I don't have a printing press, so I'm limited to using a hand printing process. Actually, I use an antique wooden doorknob to rub the back of my damp paper. I get more of the original painted image on the paper than I do by simply rubbing with my hand, or with the back of a spoon. I am also experimenting with scratching detail into the painted image. I don't want to be too picky, but it seems to be a way to suggest branches or bits of snow. The other thing that is happening with these winter images is that my colors have changed. Generally I use lots of bright colors, but not in these scenes. White, blue-gray, and the rusts of dry oak leaves are the colors of the day. I hope to get a decent series of these local pictures.