The layers in the composition interested me. I was looking for a place to paint near the airport hotel and saw this scene through some evergreens from the hotel parking lot. The late afternoon light and contrasting golden and blue colors wished me a fond fairwell.
The curving path in the snow along the river is what drew me to this scene. Paths and roads make me want to walk into a picture. I painted this from the car with the window down so I could see the “true” colors of the landscape.
Snow Path along River, 8″ x 6″, oil on linen mounted to board, $150
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Here is a picture inside a car where I was painting one day. I usually like the window open at least part time so that I can see the colors better, but this day the snow was blowing sideways and so it wasn’t possible.
A car pulled in next to me and got stuck. I tried to help him push the car out, but I am small and I don’t think I was much...
I started painting while standing under a covered deck. When the sleet was blown in sideways and started to melt on my palette and canvas I had to move inside and paint from just inside the doorway. The background disappeared as the storm picked up, and I had to work by memory.
The vastness of the scene and the distant mountains are what interested me in the scene. The late winter snow was starting to melt allowing golden foliage and green sage to contrast with remaining snow.