A Frozen Creek, acrylic painting

Why do I love acrylic paints?  Because after spending what seemed like hours, painting a convincing winter village scene, I decided that if I wasn’t convinced no one else would be either, so what to do but throw on a bit of gesso and presto a new surface appeared and I was ready to go!

A Frozen Creek, an acrylic painting (6×6) was painted on the above gesso-prepared hardboard.  I had a lot of fun while painting this scene, what did I possibly have to lose – just another coat of gesso I suppose, lol!   The secret to acrylic painting mistakes.

On a serious note, after I painted this scene I found that I’m still not satisfied in my winter scenes, there is something in my work that I’m after that isn’t emerging.  So I did a bit of research on the technicals of painting snow, have learned a few things and hope that they will show in my next several winter paintings.

If you celebrate Thanksgiving, I wish you a safe and wonderful holiday.  Thank you to all my blogging friends and followers for your continued encouraging support shown to me throughout this past year ~ I’m most grateful.  Click onto the image for a larger view.


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59 Responses to A Frozen Creek, acrylic painting

  1. Gosh…I didn’t even know the background paper/wood/etc was also a factor in painting. Shows my total ignorance of painting! Learning a lot from your passion of the painting art!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Patrick, you are so kind. The surface plays a large role into water/wet absorption, texture (smooth, rough), grained or slick, etc. Thanks for the compliment ~ have a great weekend.

  2. Arts & Rhymes says:

    What a grate painting; love the colors and the light/shadow!

  3. Painting snow is a bear of a challenge, but you are certainly on the right track.

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Elena – appreciate it! I really do enjoy challenges though, forces me to think about what was so challenging and how to learn from it. These acrylics are something else – love them!

  4. Beautiful Mary. Reminds me so much of the scenery up here. Love the tree stump in the foreground. ~Rita

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Rita – I agree, it really does remind me of the woods on the East coast in the winter. Thanks the stump is such a loner, but makes its own statement against the heavy forested area in the background. Was a fun and challenging scene to paint.

  5. The first thing that strikes me about this piece is smell. I know that sounds weird, but because the sky does seem warm (as a previous commenter said), the painting feels like the weather has just changed and snow will begin to melt. I love that smell when trees start shedding the snow, and the ice starts to thaw on water. Those kinds of days always make you feel especially glad to be alive. 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much, I had the most fun reading your thoughts on this piece – love it! Really enjoyed it and can’t agree with you more – the freshness of nature makes me very grateful to be alive and witness this precious gift.

  6. Marcus Case says:

    That’s such a captivating piece of work. Thank you so much.

  7. I love this landscape, Mary. Even with the ice and snow, the blue sky provides warmth…so beautiful. Happy Thanksgiving!

  8. poppytump says:

    Just lovely Mary . I’m wondering now like Sylvia 😉
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your dear ones x

  9. Another fine work, Miss Mary

    Happy Thanksgiving

    uncle john

  10. This is just beautiful, Mary…:-) Happy Thanksgiving…

  11. Painting for Joy says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Mary! Your painting is looking lovely!

  12. Lovely painting Mary and I must admit I feel sometimes as you do about my work, creating any form of art work seemingly is a never ending process of learning.
    Have a most wonderful Thanksgiving my dear friend!

    • Mary says:

      Thank so much Eva for your kind thoughts on this piece. I do enjoy the process of learning and being an artist is never ending. Thank you for your wonderful greeting my friend.

  13. Nicodemas says:

    This is beautiful Mary. Happy Thanksgiving!

  14. Resa says:

    This is very lovely, Mary! I look forward to your new techniques. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  15. Tom Donovan says:

    Hey Mary – Sure looks frozen to me. Happy Thanksgiving! – Tom

  16. Lis says:

    … beautiful winter landscape, I like it 🙂 !
    Love greetings from Lis

  17. I love this one too, Mary. So much detail. I’m also curious to know how you could improve. 🙂

  18. Beautiful painting – and am so pleased that you are enjoying the acrylic medium so much. It’s always a huge breakthrough for an artist to find a new medium that makes their heart sing:) Have a very happy Thanksgiving. Janet.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Janet – I really do enjoy these paints, great fun exploring possibilities and how far I can take them. Appreciate your kind words and greeting, Happy Thanksgiving to you as well my friend.

  19. Amy says:

    Love this painting! Thanks to you, Mary!

  20. Well, it still is a winter image, so whatever lied under this beautifully painted creek has added a chill making it a …’legitimate’ winter scene! 😉
    ps I am also very grateful being your friend, Mary.

  21. anna77dennis says:

    This is great Mary, I love your rich colours and the movement you have captured!

  22. neihtn2012 says:

    I am curious now. How will you paint better than what is shown here (A Frozen Creek)? 🙂

    • Mary says:

      What a nice comment, thank you. I’m always seeing areas in my paintings that could be revisited, a process of continued learning. Thanks again ~

  23. Leya says:

    This one hit me – Love the green with the brown and white.

  24. Hundreds of years from now, the art experts will discover the fact that you have hidden paintings underneath your paintings (using some sort of laser technology), and you will be found out! 🙂

    Just teasing, Mary. One thing that adds a certain feeling to a painting of snow, I think, is to have a human figure in it somewhere…nothing elaborate or grandiose, just an added dimension that brings the feeling of the scene to the viewer in a sensual and sympathetic way.

    Happy Thanksgiving, my dear friend!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Cynthia – oh and what a surprise they’ll find, for sure! Thank you for your feedback on adding an element of human interest in winter scenes – I understand your point and will remember when painting these types of landscapes. A great piece of advise, really appreciate your artistic eye for seeing what is possible beyond. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  25. Trini Lind says:

    I think it’s gorgeous!!! 💖😊💖😊💖😊

  26. Happy Thanks giving Mary 🙂 Lovely Post thank you 🙂 🙂 Enjoy !!!!

  27. Susan Feniak says:

    Voila!! A beautiful painting appears!

  28. exiledprospero says:

    I tend to like acrylic paints too (as an amateur art critic, not a painter, naturally). And A Frozen Creek is 6 feet by 6 feet isn’t it. Another one of your fantastic murals. Bravo.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Prospero, thank you – always appreciated! Very amusing, if only I could paint a 6′ x 6′ mural – well we’d all get a real kick out of that. Okay one of these days my friend, one of these days ~

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