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Painting with Ice....

In June 2008, I posted a painting that I had created the previous winter called “Winter Pears”.
Yesterday I released it from it’s hidden spot behind the scenes…if any of you are interested in learning more about the technique of freezing paint overnight, please return here with your questions where I can answer more fully than on the art page

Click HERE to view the painting…

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  • © Pauline Wherrell
    © Pauline Wher...about 3 years ago

    Great idea and work Janis! I have done a lot of painting with ice but in a different way to you. I can only find one that I have listed here and it is called Tranquility

  • Thanks so much Pauline…I have not tried it this way, but I might next winter in the shelter of my porch or even when it’s actively snowing…snow falling on it would be great..it would make great back runs…your winter scene is fabulous..

    – © Janis Zroback

  • © Pauline Wherrell
    © Pauline Wher...about 3 years ago

    Painting in the rain is also a fun thing to try Janis!

  • That I have not tried…this past week would have been perfect for it, as we had rain all week…I might try it if it rains today….

    – © Janis Zroback

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorabout 3 years ago

    W0OW YOU ARE ALL EXPERIMENTING LOVE BOTH IDEAS ,SOUNDS INTERESTING AND THE LOOKS ACHIEVED BEAUTIFUL !lIZ

  • I experiment everyday as it makes things more exciting…I have been keeping notes for years…lots of notes…one day I will put them all together, but who knows when that will be…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Karirose
    Kariroseabout 3 years ago

    What a wonderfully fun and exciting idea! I struggle so with water color that I keep saying I will never try it again. Well, I may just give this a go—for the fun of it, of course! :D

  • The beauty of watercolour is the spontaneity of the medium…you can learn to control it but it takes practice…I try not to control it too much as I love what happens when I don’t…it is a feeling of delightful freedom that the other media don’t offer…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorabout 3 years ago

    i HOPE YOU DO THIS jANIS AS YOU HAVE A WEALTH OF INFORMATION THAT COULD SPUIR US ON !lIZ))

  • Some day if there is sufficient interest…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Karirose
    Kariroseabout 3 years ago

    Now I have questions! LOL Did you have a design in mind when you applied the paint (i.e. the pears?) Or did you just place paint in parts of the paper you thought would be pleasing and ran with the design as you saw it when you took it out? Did you thicken the water color or use “regular” strength? You can tell I don’t use much water color since I don’t know density, viscosity or such! lol!

  • I had nothing in mind…the painting grew out of what happened as the paint melted…I did not thicken it, though of course you can except it won’t do the same thing…it won’t move so much…
    I dropped wet paint on to wet paper and put it outside immediately…snow fell on it too…you can also put it in a freezer…put the paper on a high rimmed cookie or swiss roll sheet pan…when it’s frozen solid, have a look before it melts and see what you can make of it…landscapes are the best…or abstracts…start painting and as it melts great things will happen…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Karirose
    Kariroseabout 3 years ago

    Thanks, Janice! Since I don’t live where there is snow, I’ll do it in the freezer. My kids will just shrug their shoulders at another wacky project Mom is doing. :D

  • Try a small one first…say 8×10 as it’s easier to control the paint….use the best paper like Arches and good quality paint for the best results…if the paper is not heavy…I used 300 lb paper…tape it on all sides to a piece of foamcore so it will stay flat..

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Marion Chapman
    Marion Chapmanabout 3 years ago

    oh, how i wish i lived in a cold climate right now!
    i have some questions…
    Did you add heaps of paint and heaps of water so that ice crystals could form?
    How did you create that amazing depth of colour in the pears?
    ps loving your blogs!!

  • Thanks so much Marion…I used 300 lb paper…yes lots of paint on wet paper…I put it outside in the garden, but it can also go in the freezer…add more colour when you are painting the subject matter…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Catherine Berger
    Catherine Bergerabout 3 years ago

    Sounds like an interesting technique. Work is lovely also.

  • Thank you so much Catherine….it was exciting…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanabout 3 years ago

    well that is an interesting way of painting Janis and I MUST try it one day…will be exciting to see what shapes evolve. I do wet in wet a lot and let the paint depict the subject ..but never thought of popping it in the freezer…thanks …the pears were striking with the bold colour and textures.

  • It’s better if you put it outside in winter as the weather does a great number on the paint…however if it does not get below freezing where you are the freezer is the next best thing…

    – © Janis Zroback