W is for...

April 2, 2017


If you could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint.

- Edward Hopper


People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy.

- Anton Chekhov


W is for Words, Winter and White.


Today’s project is also inspired by words and drawing, but has a different angle from the previous two projects. The words are linked to a winter landscape and ‘skeleton’ trees.



To prepare for this project, use the letters of the alphabet and turn them into thumbnail drawings of trees or branch drawings with twigs and leaves.


Have a look at the video on the Facebook Group  and try this on watercolour paper with an Inktense or aquarelle pencil and limited High Flow or water colours.


Mini Project

Write the words WINTER MEANS SNOW or SNOW IN WINTER or WINTER TREES in capital letters. A landscape drawing is to be developed from these words. This exercise is about line and tone. Since it is a winter landscape with snow it means the detail is different with lots of white areas and sharp lines.


You can use the words upside down as well - this often makes the creative process easier in some ways. Do some smaller drawings to plan this before attempting a larger drawing. It will require a bit of planning, but there will be a variety of elements included that will require creative problem solving. If certain letters do not work in the artwork take them out with collaged paper or white acrylic paint. You can develop the artwork in your own way, by adding lines and additional components. The words are the starting point. If you want to, use layering, collage or carbon copy techniques adapted from the previous projects.




Create with the limitations of line, a bit like the letter and shape drawings, but the subject is different and the idea is to create a cohesive landscape artwork.


Here’s the Pinterest page:


You're welcome to share your outcomes in the group’s Facebook page. Please don't post course material or outcomes to to other public Internet sites or to social media.



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