I was asked to do a larger Winter painting for a photo session this week. My smaller plein air canvases are prepped with an orange background, but for this studio painting, I started with a dark blue background. It's always interesting working in a different manner and analyzing color as the painting builds. For this landscape, I wanted to show the snow in the last light of the day as well as the dark trees silhouetted against the sky.
This painting was completed in my studio after returning from the Door County Paintout. It was interesting there driving some of the back roads. I could see a house back to the left that this road led to and after setting up, sure enough a woman drove out to see what I was doing. I used the small study to create this work with a more inviting sky. The original session ended in a hard and long rain.