Winter Silence, acrylic painting

Oh I know, snow scenes already?  Yes, but it’s that time of year to get started painting a series of scenes so there is enough to choose for our Christmas card.

Winter Silence, acrylic (7×5) is my first snow painting with acrylics and I had a ball painting this one.  Wow, I just love the subtle snow tones achieved with this paint.  It was an awesome scene to get started with.  I take a lot of liberty when using reference images for my winter paintings – this one in particular nearly the entire scene was changed expect the concept of the double tree in the foreground.  My creative juices took over and I really enjoyed the ride in building this snow scene.

Click onto the image for a larger view ~

Winter SilenceReference image used was from my friend Donna Sommer a photographer and artist from pmp.


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86 Responses to Winter Silence, acrylic painting

  1. Beautifully rendered!

  2. Love this, Mary. You are so talented.

  3. Beautiful… I love your style!

  4. Marick says:

    Bah! (To the snow.)
    The painting itself is very nice. I love how you mix colours… so soft and natural…

  5. Lovely, Mary! Sure gets me in the Holiday Spirit. 🙂

  6. nutsfortreasure says:

    Gorgeous Mary

  7. cmartzloff says:

    I love all the soft colors you incorporated in this. Magical! Like snow often can be.

  8. Wonderful textures and feeling

  9. poppytump says:

    Wow .. if I tapped my screen Mary those snow layers would surely shake on down from top to bottom 😉 It’s a gorgeous scene … a lovely sense of entering it with your fir trees leading us on through . Using acrylics have been a real success here I would say in rendering this wintry vignette !
    Your account of painting this first snowy picture is wonderful . Have a lovely week ….

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Poppy I really enjoyed reading your reaction to this painting. I’m been surprised at how much I’ve taken to acrylics, as well as using a brush instead of my fingers (well at least figuring out how to use the brush). Wishing you a beautiful week ahead!

  10. dsaquarelles says:

    very well done! I ❤ your acrylics very much! Superb!

  11. Can’t believe I’m saying this, but your piece makes me long for winter’s deep snow. This looks like a marvelous place for cross-country skiing.

  12. dorannrule says:

    It’s a beautiful scene Mary and you have put me right there in the forest in a snowstorm! I can almost feel the bite of the wind.

    • Mary says:

      Ah, love it – thank you Dorann! Although I know your winter was long and harsh last year, hopefully your snow days this winter will be bright and sunny. Happy Sunday to you!

  13. Stunning painting of a winter scene, Mary. You are so very talented. I envy the fortunate recipients of your Christmas card. 😃

    • Mary says:

      You are so nice Sylvia. Thank you so much for your lovely comment and compliment, means a lot. It was a great scene to work practice with using acrylics. Have a wonderful weekend.

  14. Love when you let your creative juices flow, it really influences your interpretation technique. Snow is not an easy subject to tackle and your winter scene shows that you understand perfectly the fact that white is a color! Wonderfully executed beautiful piece!
    Have a great weekend Mary, HO HO HO

    • Mary says:

      Awesome Eva – loved reading your feedback. There is something very freeing about painting snow scenes – much of the time I go for it with colors and painting the patterns that reveal themselves. It was great learning how acrylics would be with snow scenes. Thank you for your generous thoughts on this piece.

      Love the HO HO HO!!! Have a wonderful weekend too my friend.

  15. Ah, Mary, thank you for opening a winters’ window so beautifully!
    Happy weekend! 🙂

  16. Wonderful creation as always, Mary… 🙂

    Have a wonderful weekend… 🙂

  17. “Winter Silence” is a beautiful name for this beautiful painting….there’s something very silent about it, and peaceful….no trace of humans to disturb it, only angels, somewhere in the glow.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Cynthia. I love your fanciful way of looking through this piece and sensing atmosphere for the scene – a quiet blanket calm that comes with a fresh snow fall.

  18. Resa says:

    Well done! I’m enjoying the view.

  19. Nicodemas says:

    I love snow scenes, and this is beautiful!

  20. Trini Lind says:

    Oh, wow! Stunning! 💖😊❄️❄️🌲🌲

  21. Really good, Miss Mary
    and would make a fine greeting card

    much love

    uncle john

  22. A.PROMPTreply says:

    I can feel my boots crunching in the snow, Mary!

    • Mary says:

      Hello A! Thanks very much – snow is on it’s way to Erie!!

      • A.PROMPTreply says:

        I am afraid you are right….however, right now we’re just trying to stay on top of the leaf flood we have going on! 🙂

        • Mary says:

          Great right? You’ve got to love it. Around here our leaves fall for about 4 straight months and we are raking every weekend from now until February – isn’t that odd. By time we get to January we are very sick of falling leaves, lol!

          • A.PROMPTreply says:

            The people here are possessed! I wouldn’t mind every weekend, but here in this neighbourhood, these people are out there every day. Their yards are like carpet! I’ve seen every manner of dealing with leaves at this point, I think. I mean every single one. Husband and I joke that we should go around every hour and put a little leaf in the center of someone’s yard and see how long it takes them to run out and pick it up! So strange!

  23. Painting for Joy says:

    This one will make a lovely card. It’s beautiful Mary!

  24. That’s beautiful, Mary. You should make it into greeting cards.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Jill – glad you enjoyed the painting. Think it should be the card? I’ve got about 4 or 5 more paintings to do, then who knows which will win in the end. Have a great weekend.

  25. debiriley says:

    you created a beautiful, magical winter wonderland Mary!! and I absolutely Love – the perfection of your background…….. that background you’ve done, sets the stage for us to come right in to the scene and have a lovely stroll through. excellent!

  26. A wonderful golden glow bringing a warmth over the whole scene.

  27. mpkarts says:


  28. So pretty, Mary. Liked reading the joy you had creating your winter scene. Every year I get a card from one of my artist friends who sketches his own. It’s always one of my favorites and I keep them!

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Geralyn – it was great working on a new season. It’s great to know that you cherish your artist friends card creations – no doubt means a lot to them.

  29. What a lovely winter painting Mary! You really captured those heavy laden branches so well… and all so delicately. I really love this one. Hats off to you! 🙂 Rita

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Rita for your generous feedback and thoughts on first snow painting of the season. It was an interesting exercise to do it in acrylics, working the colors and atmosphere of the piece. Thanks again ~

  30. Jet Eliot says:

    There is a lovely feeling to this painting, Mary, so peaceful and vibrant — it’s easy to see you enjoyed doing it. 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Great to see you Jet, thank you very much for your thoughts on this snow painting. There is something very calming about painting a snow scene and glad it showed in the piece.

  31. Arts & Rhymes says:

    Oh that is gorgeous, Mary! 🙂

  32. Simple and nice, love the colors.

  33. Lee says:

    Very beautiful.

  34. Love, it….and it’s very clear to see that you have found your medium with acrylic….Have a fantastic weekend..janet.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Janet. I was a little apprehensive on painting snow with acrylics, but gave it a go and really appreciated the subtle tones and textures I can get with heavy applications. It was a great first piece to play with. Have a wonderful weekend too!

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