[By Marcia Milner-Brage in Cedar Falls, Iowa, USA]
In winter, I draw my Iowa neighborhood from inside my house. A few days ago, as night approached after an all-day snow, I was struck by how the whiteness glowed against the silhouetted trees.
In the past, I've tended towards monochrome sketches to show my town in winter.
This year, I'm seeking an expanded winter palette to try and show the muted tones that I see.
At the end of the day, soon after the New Year, the pale pink sky took on a vividness against the snow covered roofs.
I'm also enjoying the freeform shapes that snowdrifts make.
The steps to my garden were almost entirely concealed by wind-sculpted snow.
And the mini-Matterhorn on the porch roof across the street demanded to be drawn before a January thaw melted it away.