Archive for October 5, 2012

Artist of the moment…Aldro Thompson Hibbard…

This artist is one of the best painters of snow. He painted mainly coastal scenes of small farms covered in a fresh blanket of snow.


This is a clip by a fellow named Rick Unruh discussing a favorite painting of Aldro Hibbard that was up for auction in November of 2011.


The artist was born in 1886 in Falmoth, Massachusetts. The most coveted paintings of the artist are snowy seasons of Vermont.


The artist worked mainly in oils because the winter months were too cold to use watercolor.


For his art education Hibbard attended the Boston Museum School of Fine Art.  Hibbard studied under such renknown artists as Frank Benson and Frederick Bosley. In college the artist had such a successful showing he won a scholarship to study abroad in Europe. He found he had a talent for painting snow scenes whilst caught in a snowstorm in Madrid, Spain.


Member of the Academy of Design.


High price range:  $88,000 for a snow painting done in oils.
Low price range: Nothing available for information.


Since we got our first snowfall today, I thought it would be a great subject matter for  few entries. This artist  is one of my favorite painters of snow as well, along with Michael Goddfrey, Richard Schmid, and Len Chmiel. All of these painters used soft tones and wonderful variances of purples and ochres and sometimes many blues to give a wonderful showing of how light hits snow and makes wonderful shadow colors.


For me having grown up in the northwest and seeing firsthand blizzards and snow piled up on the sidewalk for months at at time, snow is always moving. Even when the wind is less than 5mph if you stop and look closely you can see small snow flakes glistening in the air as they are carried by the wind. My favorite painters of snow also capture the movement of the snow and wind. My favorite is Guy Carleton Wiggins. This family has had three generations of professional painters and looking at his wonderful paintings of New York, New York in the winter, makes me feel cold instantly. Guy Arthur Wiggins, the son of the forementioned artist also paints wonderful snowfilled canvases of the Big Apple.


Also Lynn Boggess is another outstanding painter of snow moving thru the air. The artist paints very large and only uses cement trowels to make his paintings. He is able to create wonderful thick and thin lines with this method and has  great knowledge of color.


I enjoy this first snowfall of the year most of all because the remnants of it will be gone soon. But its not too early to prepare for painting some winter scenes!


Paint something this weekend!