Winter has definitely shown up this week. It is definitely too cold and windy to be painting outside, so I have been struggling in the studio. I’ve had a few good efforts, and I have painted some real stinkers. The painting above is a new one, sort of. I’ve had a spring stream painting in the studio for almost a year, but the colors were a little flat and it just didn’t quite seem good enough to show. So while looking at the same stream while walking my dog in the snow, I realized that it has much better impact surrounded by white, instead of dead grass and twigs. After a quick sanding, I started laying in how I thought the snow would lay on the ground. I had a few references for the colors and light of a snow scene, that also helped quite a bit. In the end I think it came out much better, and I really enjoy this painting now. It was fun to take a painting that was just ok, and make it into something a little more worthwhile.