Some people love the whole winter season and the build-up to Christmas, while others simply love the festive period.
Either way, it’s a time to make your home a cosy winter wonderland for friends and family. Here are our top picks for capturing that festive winter spirit.
Nothing says Christmas like a snowy landscape; and as we don’t often get the white Christmas we always dream of, why not recreate it your own home?
There’s something about a snowscape that brings out nostalgia and warmth in people. Looking out at the cold, while being warm and dry indoors can be a very mindful and uplifting experience. The Danish have a great word for this - hygge - which decribes a feeling of warmth and enjoying the good things in life with good friends.
The Danes are some of the happiest people in the world, which means there must be something about a winter landscape that lifts the soul. Come on, get the open fire burning, hang the paintings up and, if you really want to go for it, get wearing those Christmas jumpers. You know you want to …
Have a giggle
Christmas is a time of fun, so why not buy art that makes you and your guests smile? There is nothing like a light-hearted painting to put a smile on your face.
The winter season is great for characterisation in art as there’s something about animals and snow that makes us smile.
For those of you who’ve had pets or watched animals negotiating the white stuff, it’s pretty funny and guaranteed to make even the most serious among us smile.
It’s also the time of year where it gets dark early, it’s cold and can be quite miserable sometimes, so putting something on your wall that makes you smile, and forget the cold for a bit, can only be a positive thing.
Towns and cities
Snow can make everything look amazing, bringing smoothness and calm to an otherwise jagged and jostling environment. That's why it’s a very popular subject in art.
We have nearly 300 paintings of snow available to buy right now. One reason is because snow can be a challenge for artists to recreate with paint – capturing the glisten, movement and soft feeling of snow – not to mention a popular theme for the home.
Snowscapes of towns and cities are also great as they capture what may usually be seen as a mundane view and turn it into an almost magical image. Especially if it’s a painting of your home town.
The other great thing about snowscapes is that they work with a wide-range of interiors, from a contemporary look right through to a more traditional theme, which makes it a really versatile style of art.
There’s something about famous landmarks around the globe that, when captured from a different perspective, makes them stand out even more.
Usually, landmarks are painted or photographed on a sunny day or against a dusky backdrop to have more of a picture-postcard feel. But when captured in the snow it can make it look more unconventional, creating a different image altogether.
Abstract winter scenes
Not everybody is a traditionalist or has an interior that fits with a more formal style of painting, so there are also abstract winter landscapes to work with a modernist or minimalist look.
For an artist that is trying to capture the movement, texture or even the range of colour in snow, abstract art enables them to achieve this, offering them more freedom and scope for personal expression.
A gritty realist
OK, so not all of us like a romantic winter landscape, but instead prefer a more realistic or urban representation of winter. It can be strangely comforting to see wet, slushy snow, or iced remnants of snowfall, when you’re cosy and comfortable indoors.
For a lot of city dwellers, there’s a deep love for the grey, winter snowscape that is so different from a countryside idyll. It is this difference that gives them a sense of comfort, and a feeling of joy, to be inside and out of the chaos of a city.
Whatever your taste, there is always art to match it, and always a perfect wall to hang it. Treat yourself this Christmas or make it a really personal gift for a loved one. A great painting will last forever.