It was a cold, windy morning yesterday. I usually start out with good intentions, but bail. Twice I left when the hardier artists braved it out to produce some wonderful plein air paintings, while I worked from photos that do not do justice to the winter scenes. This time I came prepared with insulated overalls and two sets of gloves. I stuck it out long enough to finish this scene.
12" x 6" oil on canvas panel
When a Tree Falls in the Forest
The afternoon was better as I shed the insulated overalls and even the gloves. I took my dog Catfish along for the exercise. He found a rabbit skin left by a hunter and of course did not listen to my shouts to "drop it" and ate the whole thing. That came back up when we got home.
The snow is so inspiring but the cold is discouraging. This is from a photo reference. I am watching the weather site hoping for a nice overlap of snow on the ground and warmer temperatures. I started with a still wet orange ground. It did take heavy application so of white to get the snow covered branches. It ended up being a struggle I may try to avoid in the future.