Snowstorm :: Tempête de neige

We knew that it would come… it’s just that we did not know when. Well it has happened. 2.5 feet of snow fell today and I could not even leave my house… my spouse took 2 hours to clean up the driveway, the path and the steps. So I painted this scene looking out of the dining room window.

Did you know that birds are incredible? When a trough, high winds or snow are coming, birds know. Very early this morning they gathered around our 4 feeders and there were 100s of them… American Goldfinches, Common Redpoles, Red-breasted Nuthatches, White-breasted Nuthatches, Hoary Redpolls, Black-capped Chickadees, Hairy Woodpeckers, Downy Woodpeckers, they were all feeding in a frenzy. They kept me busy as I had to refill all of the feeders 3 times.

For this painting I used mostly Burnt sienna, Cobalt blue and New gambodge. For the snow I mixed Cobalt blue and Alizarin crimson.

Avant que la tempête arrive, les oiseaux le savent très bien et ils se préparent. Nous avons eu des centaines d’oiseaux aujourd’hui qui se nourrissaient autour de mes 4 mangeoires d’oiseaux. Il y avait des Chardonnerets, des Mésanges, des Pics chevelus, des Pics mineurs, beaucoup de Sizerins flammés, des Sitelles à poitrine rousse, des Sitelles à poitrine blanche. J’ai dû renouveller les mangeoires 3 fois au cours de la journée. Voici la vue de ma maison bien assise au chaud au bord de la fenêtre.

Paper: Larolan Watercolour Sketchbook
Watercolours: Winsor & Newton and Daniel Smith
Colors: Cobalt blue, New Gambodge and Burnt Sienna (with some Alizarin Crimson)

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About Jane Hannah

Canadian graphic artist, painter, sketcher, typographer, calligrapher and teacher at Cégep John Abbott College in Québec, Canada. Jane Hannah also has a website for her students at www.gimligraphics.com and a main blog at www.janehannah.com. She is also part of the Montreal Urban Sketchers.
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