Snow painting of Charlotte North Carolina. I was in Charlotte earlier this year. Right before the Valentine’s day. You may remember the major snow and ice system we had on the East Coast! The bad weather had lasted for couple of days. I almost got snowed in but was fortunate to get home in time. I made this painting day before the heavy snow. I was in Charlotte Downtown (or Uptown). I love this part of Charlotte. Always busy with the activity. And I love painting cityscapes as much as I love painting landscapes and other subjects. It was around lunch time when the snow started falling. The early snow made streets and pavements wet and slowed down the traffic some. Snow makes everything peaceful! I did not have my painting supplies with me. So, I made this painting back at the hotel where I was staying. I painted this on 300 lb CP watercolor paper. So, it has different look compared to my plein air watercolors that are usually done on the 140 lb rough paper.
It snowed heavily next day but I was already on my way home. The snow shut everything down for couple of days. Ian enjoyed the snow days and I got more material for more paintings of snow!
I enjoy painting variety of subjects. And using variety of materials helps me develop different techniques to capture these subjects. Keeps thing interesting. I was in Philadelphia and Annapolis few days ago and look forward to painting both cityscapes and seascapes. And back home, I am enjoying painting nature. Trees and landscapes and little stories. I have also done a series of paintings of Mumbai, India and my beloved hometown of Amreli. Stay tuned for those paintings…
Watercolor painting of my son Ian pulling his sled after a winter storm. Earlier this year we got quite a bit of snow. Little unusual for this area, and as always it brought everything to a standstill! I was traveling to Charlotte and had made it home just in time. Ian loves the snow now, although he was not a fan when he was little. Snow days, snowball fights, making snow angels, hot chocolate, TV, and sledding- what is not to like?! He had fun sledding on his little snow disc. Climb up the street and slide down. And repeat. Only if I had his energy!
One of the change I am looking forward to this year is painting en plein air during the winter. I have painted in the snow before but not much. I always have perfectly good excuses to convince myself that it is not a good idea. Weather. Holidays. And so on. What I like about winter is that it simplifies everything in a landscape. Most tree are bare. Leaves are all on the ground. And when snow covers everything, it simplifies the landscape even more. This is a real contrast to the rich landscape of other seasons here in North Carolina.
One of the watercolor paintings from the winter. My own backyard. Ian and I had built this snowman. Ian did not like the idea of his snowman melting away. So, I made this picture so he will have good memory of his little friend (I had also taken some photos on my cellphone but I do not know if those photos will survive through phone and computer upgrades!). We built him near Ian’s soccer net so I though it will be fun to paint him as a goalkeeper! If you follow my work (I hope you do!), you probably know that I do many paintings and sketches of Ian. I also paint things from his little world. He is six now and I have been painting him since he was a baby. It has been amazing to watch him grow. And as he has grown, so has my art. I use variety of watercolor papers. This one is painted on Arches 140 lb CP paper. I used tiny bit of gouache to paint the soccer net. At the size of 11×14, this was a quick painting.