It’s that special time of year…a time for family, friends, joy, celebration, and giving. Many areas of the U.S. have been blanketed with the beauty of snow…beauty, that is, if you are inside gazing out. It made me think of this poem:
by Suzanne Bates
An awesome scene the artist paints, expert and deft his hand.
Brushstrokes swift, he draws with ease, a winter wonderland.
Landscape sketched from memory, heavens and land entwine
Rapidly the scene is set, exquisitely divine.
Pine trees reaching tall and proud, like statues standing still.
There is no wind to speak of, more an icy winter chill.
Strong branches dusted with the snow stretch their fingers high
As if welcoming the blanket bequeathed by the darkened sky.
Crisp snowflakes twirl like dancers, pirouetting to and fro,
Waltzing to their silent tune toward the ground below.
Pale moonlight showers diamonds, generously all around.
Its treasure glints and sparkles upon the hardened ground.
Snowfall in shades of silver envelops the land below,
Lighting up the darkness with its soothing, gentle glow.
Mellow in its nature, no preference where it lays
Takes refuge where and when it can, throughout the winter days.
Though bereft of colour is the scene, prevailing grey and white,
Its awe inspiring beauty is apparent day and night.
Who nonchalantly paints this scene, for all on earth to share?
His strokes proficient every time, precise and so aware.
Jack Frost paints wondrous pictures with his palette of frozen dew,
Then stands back when his work is done and proudly admires the view.
I have tried to convey the feelings of the poem in my “A Winter Night” alcohol ink painting on black modeling film. Although not bereft of color, I’ve depicted the grays as purples instead for a more dramatic rendition.
As we celebrate this year of friendship, whether in person or on social media, my gift to you is a video lesson on how to paint “A Winter’s Night”. Click here to access the video.
As you may know, I am very active in the Alcohol Ink Society and Community both as a contributor and instructor. It’s free to join the community! And, the Society offers exclusive resources to its members with lifetime access for a small fee. Check it out at
Have fun with this and share your paintings on my facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/korinnecarpinoart
May you have a Joyful and Wondrous Holiday Season!