I’m back home, but still in the mindset to paint snow. Looking through my reference photos, I found one new one to tackle, and a second to try again. This first painting is the new one. I like it. It was really a study in warm/cool composition, and it was also fun to play with paint texture. I think I’m going to paint this again tomorrow, only larger. I’m also going to try painting the shadows on the other side of the bank less dark. Just a tad. I think as is it makes the painting a bit too heavy. What it needs is a bit more atmospheric depth. (Also a technical note: for some reason, my images look darker–sometimes a LOT darker–on PC monitors. I create the images on a Mac and adjust them there. I’m trying to find a happy medium by adjusting up the exposure on the Mac.)
BTW, this painting was painted on top of another (a seascape, actually). I’ve been painting over old paintings for a while now. I lightly sand any paint ridges in the old painting, and just paint right over it. I like letting little bits of the old painting showing through as they create fun, unexpected moments. I also find I paint more loose when working on an old canvas. Nothing to loose, I guess.