In glancing at the title above, you might bring to mind paintings of winter at its best--snow scenes, city or country, day or night. You might picture the work of painters such as Anna Mary Robertson (Grandma) Moses, Claude Monet, John Fulton Folinsbee, John F. Carlson, or even Jim Lane. However, in this case I'm talking about painting on snow. That's no typo. I'm referring to the fine art of using a snow-white canvas of white snow upon which to paint. I've already dealt with snow sculpture (although some such artists choose to paint their creations). Painting snow and painting on snow are two distinctly different art forms with totally different "rules," techniques, values, and mindsets. In fact, some snow artists don't even use paint (below).
|Snow calligraphy--anyone who quotes Faust has to be a serious artists, with or without paint.|
|From watercolor markers to food coloring to Kool-Aid, art of painting on snow has few rules and broad possibilities.|
|Kool-Aid may be sprayed on in |
diluted form or sprinkled directly
from the package. It tastes good
with snow too (unless it's yellow).
|Whether free-form or stenciled, painting on snow can be quite expressive (the two images just above are in reverse order).|
Once you've become fairly adept, along side the creation of a vertical "snow canvas," mentioned above, spray painting snow goes hand in hand with snow sculpture. Once more, start small. Save the your full-size version of the Statue of Liberty for when you turn "pro." Try first sculpting a cat or dog, or perhaps the head of President Trump (several times life-size, of course). Varying concentrations of orange Kool-Aid should suffice for flesh tones and the hair.
|Paint? What paint? Who needs paint? The Russian "snow artist" Simon Beck has boots.|
|Drakony, Simon Beck|
|The sworn enemy of all snow art.|