|8x10 oil "Tracks in the Snow"|
This painting was started last winter at Spooner Lake. It just wasn't right. So I came home and painted out a big bush in the front with grays. Then, I did not get around to finishing it.
Last week I went up to Mount Rose Summit - to the Tahoe Meadows area. It was a grey sky day, but lots of new snow. The best part was no wind. Although it was cold, I had brought out my old ski clothes from storage and the snow shoes. I snow shoed up the hill where the families were sledding. In an area of willows, the scene was similar to my old painting (which I brought along just in case). So I set up and started painting over my old painting.
I had forgotten how cold weather stiffens up oil paints. But I just thinned it down with turp. I really enjoy painting snow. There are so many colors in snow and it is fun to try different combinations of warms and cools.