8 Winter Painting Ideas that Will Inspire You

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Winter is not the typical time of year that painters head out to do landscape painting. Anyone who has tried would probably be quick to tell you that it is difficult to paint with cold hands.

However, winter time provides beautiful motifs for painting. All colors are more subdued with a more or less monochromatic haze.

Winter painting idea from a painting of the Rue Eugène Moussoir at Moret By Alfred Sisley

Here is a group of exquisite winter landscapes that should inspire and encourage you to head out and brave the cold!

Winter Landscapes by Edwin Dickinson

Edwin Dickinson was an American painter much admired by both abstract expressionists and observational painters.

Edwin Dickinson, Parker’s Cliffs

The artist Jack Tworkov once declared “Edwin Dickinson was the greatest painter America has produced – in any century.” Many of his paintings were done in one sitting, as the three paintings of his, displayed here.

Edwin Dickinson, Sheldrake Winter

Notice how the environment has a hazy sense to it that produces the feeling of a chill in the air. You can’t see obvious snow flakes being painted but you can imagine that it might be snowing. A good reminder to us, that less defining details can be extremely effective.

Edwin Dickinson, White Winter, 1915, Oil on canvas, 24 x 20 inches, Private collection, New York

Winter Landscapes by Pieter Bruegel the elder

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Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Winter Landscape with Skaters and Bird Trap

Pieter Bruegel the elder is considered one of the most significant artist of Dutch and Flemish Renaissance painting. He is best known for his landscapes and peasant scenes. However, he also painted the winter landscape painting above and directly below!

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Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Hunters In The Snow

Winter Landscape by Claude Monet

This piece is perhaps atypical to what you usually think of when you think of Claude Monet. He painted it during the winter of 1868 -1869 in Normandy.

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Claude Monet, The Magpie

Winter Landscapes by E.M. Saniga

E.M. Saniga is an American painter who presents a naturalistic yet mysterious vision of reality. Below are two Winter landscapes made by the painter.

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E.M. Saniga, A Sycamore and a Little Cedar
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E.M. Saniga, Blood Trail

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    8 thoughts on “8 Winter Painting Ideas that Will Inspire You”

    1. What a wonderful round up of seasonal artworks! I’m in a bit of a creative rut at the moment and always find exploring different paintings and diving into art history a HUGE help! Thanks for sharing this collection!

    2. Hello Elisabeth.
      Thank you for these wonderful ideas. It has been very cold lately here. I can’t paint in the cold weather; but I do believe my watercolour painting is improving thanks to all your excellent instructions and video tutorials, it has made a huge difference to the way I paint now. Not so heavy-handed with my paint mixing and look at thing more purposefully.

      My grateful thanks and best wishes for your Christmas and new year.

      1. Hi Mike, Am very happy to hear that your watercolor painting is improving – that is wonderful! You are very welcome for the lessons and tutorials. Hope you had a wonderful holiday season and a great start to the new year!

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