Colourimpressions: Winterfog

We’ve got loads of snow this Winter and loads of fog. Unfortunaltely the sun hardly shows up to dip the scenery in this beautifully blueish purple pigment. So I have to stay with the fog. It’s more interesting in the twilight, rather than during the day, when its only grey, grey… you know it. So, I’m back to my small studies, trying to catch the feeling and color of the place. I do struggle and think to do some Notans to get a better understanding of the compositorial possibilities, because the value range is so limited.

Winternebel I, 12×12cm,
2010 © Astrid Volquardsen

Winternebel II, 12×12cm,
2010 © Astrid Volquardsen

Winternebel III, 12×21cm,
2010© Astrid Volquardsen

Winternebel IV, 10×17cm,
2010 © Astrid Volquardsen

13 Responses

  1. loriann

    These are absolutely beautiful Astrid! I love them all. Such feeling in each one. The subtle changes in these twilight scenes remind me of Whistler's nocturnes, exquisitely quiet.

  2. SamArtDog

    Astrid, these pastels, with their gentle images and whispered colors, are spellbinding. You make a foggy day sublime.

  3. Astrid Volquardsen

    Hi Loriann,
    if I remind you of Whistler's nocturnes I will be happily on the lookout for another day of fog.

    thanks for your poetic words.

  4. Casey Klahn

    Angelic works, Asti.

    I love the close and light key.

  5. werner osterrath

    Der Schnee knirscht leise unter den Sohlen…..Es ist kalt…..
    Bald bin ich zu hause,da wartet ein
    Heißer Tee mit Rum auf mich.
    ..das tut gut nach einer Winterwanderung.

    ..Das waren meine ersten Gedanken beim Anblick ihrer neuesten Werke.

    Einfach Klasse !!

  6. Astrid Volquardsen

    Hi Casey,
    thanks so much. The could overhere doens't feel heavenly at all.

  7. Astrid Volquardsen

    Hallo Herr Osterrath,
    ich bin jedesmal aufs Neue beeindruckt, welche poetischen Worte meine Bilder bei Ihnen auslösen. Danke dafür.

  8. Brian McGurgan

    These are beautiful and so nicely composed, Astrid. Sorry, but I'm hoping for more fog and snow for you! I especially like Winternebel II with the warm red-brown color amongst the grays.

  9. Astrid Volquardsen

    Hi Brian,
    well, today we have a beautiful bright and sunny day …:-)

    The warm red-brown comes from the oak tree, which hold on to their leaves.

  10. Jala Pfaff

    Wow, these are so fantastic! They feel so still and cold, exactly as they should. They remind me a bit of the impression I got from the book series The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Do you know it?

  11. Astrid Volquardsen

    Hi Jala,
    I didn't know the books but had a look at amazon. I can see the similarity. Do you know, if the illustrator used pastels? It's hard to tell.

  12. Jala Pfaff

    Hi Astrid,
    Our miscommunication on this is very interesting! I actually meant that your paintings remind me of the mental impressions I got while reading the books, not at all to do with the book's illustrations! Funny. :)

  13. Mario

    Beautiful Winters Astrid! Well, at least beautiful paintings, I don't know about the season, it is just too long.

    I have included one on my blog
    Soft Pastel blog