What Color is Alaska in the Winter? Sketches From a Warm Car

Although it has been cold and windy here, I was determined to get out and paint the soft colors of winter in Alaska last week. I gathered my sketch bag and tootled off in our car with the heater on high.

The sun has long ago abandoned us and only touches the mountain peaks during the middle of the day. ย I stopped to sketch the Matanuska River from the Glenn Highway. Most of the river is full of ice and the reflections are from ice polished by snow as it blows down the frozen river. Water is flowing under and around the ice, being fed by ground water and springs. No glacier melt adds to the flow when the thermometer hovers below minus ten degrees day after day.



Mount Wickersham glows in the sunlight, causing colorful shadows.

Spruce trees are almost navy blue against the glow of the deciduous tree bark being lit by the weak sunshine. The sky is pale and silvery.

Alaska Winter Sketch 5


I wasn’t sketching very long before the sun set at three in the afternoon. The weak blue in the sky gave way to a warm peachy glow as I sat snuggled up in my car, happy as a cat as I sketched with the heat on.

What color is winter where you are?


7 thoughts on “What Color is Alaska in the Winter? Sketches From a Warm Car

  1. Your wording is as creative as your artwork Suzie! ๐Ÿ™‚ I enjoy reading your descriptions. My favorite sketch is the third one down with the navy blue paint… one of my favorite colors cuz I liked the water in the reproduction you did of the old photos too.

  2. Oh, your pictures have such a rosy glow. Finally today we saw a little sun but I am afraid to say that lower down here in the valley, the color has been mostly gray. Mark and I loaded a trailer of firewood today to enjoy the mild temperatures and wee bit of sun!

  3. To answer your question about what color is winter where I am at: Yesterday it was a clear blue sky but today was a gray colored sky with some white snow coming down for a little bit. I took a short ride in the Black HIlls and the snow was so pretty with the green pine trees and golden brown
    grass. Next time I will have to take my sketch book with me instead of my dog! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Suzie, your sketches and text fire my imagination and I feel as though I am sitting with you snuggled as a warm cat in your car gazing on Gods beauty.

  5. Nancy, so nice the wind stopped for just a bit and we could go out without being blown away! It has been rather gray, but the warmer temperatures feel so good. You will notice, I sketched when the sky was clear!

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