'The subject for this painting demonstration is taken from the photograph below which was taken after a heavy snow storm,' says Richard Holland.

'The view was taken looking down a very steep hill at cottages, a road and a field with the sun coming from the right. A dark wintery sky created a strong shadow on the right-hand side of the road, and the buildings seemed to glow in the sun.

'The underpainting stage is vital when painting such scenes, mainly because the underpaint creates much of the background, the blue and pink snow-filled sky, much of the stone colour in the building and walls and, most importantly, it gives depth to the snow by using blue as the base and occasionally adding white to lighten slightly.

'It’s also important to make the dark areas of the painting, such as windows and gutters, as dark as you can, and the windowsills and chimney tops to have dark blue ledges to inherit later in the painting.

'As you progress into the painting, use your brushstrokes to create the flow and the deepness of the snow. Keep as much as possible to a cooler tone palette and knock back warm tones to keep the painting looking wintery.'

The subject of this demonstration: a Derbyshire village under snow

Demonstration: Village under snow

Village under Snow, oil, (30.5x46cm)