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Happy Thanksgiving!

We had our first snowstorm of the season this past weekend so only fitting that I was working on a snow scene. The above painting was drawn and painted on a grunge background. I then drew the scene with the Speedball Elegant Writer and then painted it.


  1. Winter is on its way and your painting expresses it well. Very nice

  2. I love barns! Happy Thanksgiving !

    • I’m sorry I did not respond sooner, Caroline. Hope you had a good Thanksgiving. Thank you for your comment!

  3. Super technique – stay warm! The snow is so cozy when painted in your style.

    • Thank you so much for that comment. It has caused me to look at my other snow scenes. You made my day Sand Salt Moon! I have always thought of winter as the time when all in nature takes a rest. I think I remember my Granddaddy saying that to me once. I just wonder if I unconsciously paint winter that way. So thank you for that.

  4. Happy Thanksgiving to you too, Leslie!

    I love this snowy scene. I think the elegant writer really lends itself to a scene like this because it spreads to blues and pinks with water. You are really good at using the elegant writer in your paintings. Love the buildings and the snowy foliage right in the front.

    Stay warm and have a wonderful holiday!

    • I think you are right about the blues and pinks from the Elegant Writer. I am beginning to think the Elegant Writer will always have a spot with my other watercolor supplies. We decided, in class, that it could be used effectively just in certain areas also. It is a nice tool. Thankyou Carol!

  5. Absolutely beautiful!

  6. I feel the cold of winter, this is beautiful Leslie, Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. I love the feeling of being right in the snow and part of the scene. (K)

    • Thank you for that, memadtwo. High praise and I think you just made my day, reading this!

  8. Happy Thanksgiving Leslies! I love this scene. Restful.

  9. Leslie, it is really effective to see the hint of the grunge painting underneath…gives very cool texture and layering to the scene. Beautiful! have a happy holiday.

    • I really like painting on a grunge background. At some point it drags me away from the reference image and allows me to work with what is happening with the mediums on the paper. Part of the fun is deciding what to keep of the grunge and what to try and change or soften a bit. Thank you for this comment, Rachel!

  10. Love the left side especially Leslie, the different layers of trees

    • Thank you for that, outside authority! You made me look at it with fresh eyes!

  11. This is lovely! Happy Thanksgiving!

  12. I must be doing something wrong – I spent ages writing a lengthy comment a couple of days ago. I can see that there is blue in the sky but to me it seems heavy with snow. Do I detect the use of the elegant marker here? The subtle pinky tones do add something. I imagine painting a snowy scene would not be easy with all those whites. Lovely painting Lesley, maybe one for future Christmas cards?

    • You guessed it! The landscape class is working on creating landscape scenes that can be used on a Christmas card. I know what is happening to your comments. WordPress may have made a new change. If you click on one of the images, they first act like a secondary post and some people have commented there. That is where your original comment is. I don’t know how to move it to here with the main post or would have. Thank you for this comment, June!

      • Thank you for blaming it on WordPress, haha!

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