Snow is white and painting white is a challenge in watercolour as we need to use the white of the paper to create our lightest colours.

So to get the most realistic results that means we have to paint around the snow. Here I show you how to do it by working on an enlarged section of a snowy pine cone:

I hope this gives you the courage to try adding snow to your own subjects! Do leave me a comment, I love to read them.

Happy painting,

  1. jean l anderson 4 years ago

    You moved, you are pregnant, you should be taking Christmas off this year!
    Just do the minimum this year for everyone except your little boy. Pamper yourself and enjoy this time. No one will remember what you did or didn’t do.
    You are so beautiful, your writing is so wonderful, your instructions are so clear and your painting is incredible.
    Enjoy this time, you worked hard to get to be a Mom. I struggled with infertility 46 years ago and I can still remember how it was even now.
    Have a wonderful Christmas.

    • Author
      Anna Mason 4 years ago

      What lovely kind words Jean! I will try my best to heed them. Wishing you a lovely Christmas too x

  2. Jodi 4 years ago

    Love it now I have to get time to try it!!

  3. Rose Ann Vita 4 years ago

    Thank you for sharing this video. It is an inspiration during such a busy time. I appreciate hearing you say, “Schedule some me-time.” Wishing you a blessed and holy holiday season and wellness on your pregnancy journey. May all be well. Rose Ann Vita

  4. Maria Ei Zar 4 years ago

    I am very happy to learn with you. I am very blessed. Thank you.

  5. Shauna Todd 4 years ago

    I loved your pinecone video! But, I am having a devil of a time finding the pinecone sketch you mentioned in your video so I could try it myself. Can you help?

    • Author
      Anna Mason 4 years ago

      The drawing is available for members of my School Shauna, sorry for any confusion!

  6. nanci 4 years ago

    Hi Anna
    I love your work and am tempted to take your class. My one hesitation is that I feel that my drawing is an area that I need work on and since you provide templates for tracing I fear that will not help me in becoming more adept. My question is, do your classes provide any drawing information?

    • Author
      Anna Mason 4 years ago

      I have a video on drawing Nancy where I explain how I do it and give you a method to use that doesn’t use the drawings I provide. But because we need really accurate drawings for realistic work, the drawing is exact and often takes the form of measuring/tracing rather than sketching. I find that people do improve in their drawing skills because their general observation skills improve so much, but watercolour is certainly the focus of my school so you might want to look elsewhere for drawing specifically. Hope this helps.

  7. Susan Palmer 4 years ago

    Thank you Anna for all the great teachings you have blessed me with. You are so talented. I have your book, your Craftsy video and some handouts.
    Would like to see a picture of your lovely family…. and congratulations on another upcoming child! Is your little boy talented like you? You have brought me much inspiration. Enjoy the holidays with your family!

  8. Frances White 4 years ago

    Congratulations. I love the video although I live in the tropics and can just imagine the snow. I love your work and use your method in painting.

  9. Sally Logan 4 years ago

    Congratulations Anna, I loved being pregnant especially over winter as the baby kept me warm. Even though my youngest is now 45, I can still recall the wonder of it all, enjoy every moment!
    Thank you for the demonstration, once again your attention to detail is extraordinary.

    Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year with your family. X

  10. Barbara gershberg 4 years ago

    Congratulations, what a happy surprise, the most wonderful Christmas gift.
    I find your detailed instructions and directions the easiest to follow of several other watercolor botanical artists.
    Love Christmas but not inspired here in Florida! I still miss the seasons up north!!

    Barb G.

  11. DayStreep 4 years ago

    It is that we see you paint it. But I still think it is a trick.No I think you got really close to impossible!
    Lovely and do take time 4 yourself! It is better 4 us to wait one or two months … no we wont like that..
    But a Anna with burnout …that is not good at all!

  12. Barbara gershberg 4 years ago

    Congratulations, what a beautiful Christmas gift!
    I find that your instructions and directions regarding your technique are the best of all other botanical watercolor artists.
    Lots of good luck!
    Barb G.

  13. Cynthia Johnson 4 years ago

    Gorgeous.! All your paintings look like photographs and that’s meant as a compliment. Congratulations on the upcoming birth of your baby.

  14. Theodora 4 years ago

    Congratulations !!Wonderful news!I loved your video,although i’m taking some lessons in watercolors…and I want to take your online lessons I have a challenge; always my first coat is great and when you start putting layers i’m “loosing the plot”…….trying to find in which point i’m making the mistake.Hope I will make it in the end!!!Best regards and happy holidays!

  15. Lynne 4 years ago

    I usually paint with acrylics but have been trying watercolors lately. I’m so happy I found your site. I love painting trees and now I can try to do a few winter scenes!

  16. Anita H Hopkins 4 years ago

    Congratulations! I love your videos, too.

  17. Paula Corcoran 4 years ago

    Thank you Anna . Wishing you and your family a very merry Christmas and a year of wonderful experiences.

  18. Susan 4 years ago

    Congratulations and best wishes to you and your family. I very new to Watercolour and paining at that and am so lucky I found you. I’ve ordered all my supplies from Jacksons in the U.K. and they are on my way to Tasmania in Australia. I plan to sign up to your online course and tackle each project until I’ve done them all. I just love the way you teach. No one else bothers to go into this amount of detail. I took an art class through the university and they left us a;one in a room all day to paint. I just walked out as I has no idea what to do do. Have a very merry Christmas and a fabulously creative new year xoxo

    • Author
      Anna Mason 4 years ago

      I hear this so much Susan, I think classes that just leave you to ‘get on with it’ try to reinforce an idea that art is somehow magical and can’t be explained. But it can, and anyone can learn how to do it if they give themselves some time. Merry Christmas to you!

  19. Judy Walker 4 years ago

    Hi Anna

    I think you are a fabulous artist and quite inspirational. I have watched a number of your short videos and have painted my own versions which I have liked. What do I do to join your classes and what does it cost?

  20. Coby Burns 4 years ago

    Congratulations! Have a wonderful warm Christmas with your loves ones xx

  21. Donna Prescott 4 years ago

    So happy for you!!. Take care of yourself and thank you for sharing your good news.

  22. Bridget Williams 4 years ago

    Lovely to hear the news of your pregnancy! Video great! Merry Christmas to you and yours and a wonderful New Year!

  23. Suzanne Linch 4 years ago

    Wonderful demonstration Anna Thank you

  24. Robin Geitner 4 years ago

    Thank you Anna – this is a beautiful and instructive video. Christmas blessings to you and your family.

  25. Brandon Coan 4 years ago

    Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m so happy for you and your whole family. Thank you for the video, and for all of the wonderful work you do to help us normal folks try to paint. Now, sit back, relax, and enjoy the wondrous Christmas season and take good care of yourself and the new little one. BTW, my gut says she’s a she. 😉

  26. Linda Barrett 4 years ago

    I am so happy for you, your husband and Ben to be adding another little one.
    Don’t worry about anything but enjoying the holidays. Now go and have a cup of tea and a sweet treat by a warm fire

  27. Paula Lovell 4 years ago

    Congratulations!! And hope to take a class with you in the near future.

  28. Katz 4 years ago

    Hi Anna,
    North Queensland snow but lots of rain to keep us on our toes. A fortnight ago, it was bushfires but do not be concerned: this is Australia and we live with its wonderful and occasionally worrying weather extremes. Sky is a spread of dull grey at the moment and the ocean a greyish blue. Rain is anout to pelt down..time to put away the watercolours and get cracking on Christmas cooking.
    Merry Christmas to all.

  29. Learner 4 years ago

    Wow! Congratulations, beautiful Anna!!! I, too, hope it’s a girl;) Anyway, God bless your new coming baby with good health and gifts from above! You’re inspirational as always. Thanks for generously sharing your heart and your painting expertise with everyone. You’ve done a great job! I hope you can rest sometimes and take care of your babies. 😉 Wishing you and your loved ones peace and joy and a Merry Christmas!
    PS. Thanks Katz. It’s warm and rainy in Hawaii.:) Peace and Merry Christmas to all!

  30. DORIS NEO 4 years ago

    Thank you for the snowflakes video. As always, you make watercolor painting seems so achievable. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your loved ones.

  31. An Tran 4 years ago

    Congratulation that you are expecting a baby. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family!

  32. Jane 4 years ago

    Congratulations on you surprise baby! Praying all goes well! I always enjoy your videos. You make it look so possible! Thanks for sharing!!!

  33. Mary 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your news, a new baby is a joy! Love all your paintings and techniques for painting
    Happy New Year!

  34. Jeanine 4 years ago

    How do you do it all? I am truly amazed at your talent. Always love watching you paint. I enjoy watercolor myself but have difficulties with getting lost in all the fine details. Perhaps once my eyeglasses are updated I’ll be able to see those details better. They are too fuzzy for me to do a good job at this time.

    Congratulations on your new home and your growing family. Health and happiness to you and your family.

  35. Fer 4 years ago

    Hi Anna, first of al I love your style!

    I would like to know if I star the subscription for one month, can I upgrade to 6 months later after the first month? And If start today the courses will the first mont end on the 31/01/2019 or on the 07/02/2019 ?

    Thank you for the precisions 🙂

    • Hi,

      In answer to your questions, yes you can upgrade or downgrade your subscription at any time and your membership starts from the day you make payment and it automatically renews on that date in either a month’s time, 6 month’s time or annually, depending on which subscription you choose. You can of course cancel it at anytime.

      If you have more questions, your best bet is to email me at [email protected] as I can respond more quickly there and in more detail.

      We hope to welcome you to Anna’s School soon! 🙂

      Best wishes,


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