IS SNOW JUST WHITE?
Well, the answer is yes, snow is white, we all know that....but creating an image with snow, whether in paint, or enamels or glass, means catching the nuances of colour which are created by the prevailing weather conditions. And boy, are there lots of nuances! I will just say this, for the sake of brevity: warm light = cool shadows. This is an important little sentence to remember, always. And the other side of the coin, is that cool light, such as an overcast day, can still provide subtle shadows, but the colour will be quite different. You need to observe carefully, and try to use the information in your work. I will provide here some examples, in various media, just to demonstrate, as we are visual artists, so I will work with visual images:
Here we have a bright, eye-hurting day, when the sky is a wonderful turquoise blue, the sunlight is warm(ish), the contrasts are strong. The white snow is in fact a riot of colour: warm cream where the sun hits, and cool blues in the shadows.