Today's a "sitting" day for me at NorthWind Fine Arts, so I brought my little plein air pochade box to the gallery and completed the winter scene, above. This is a view from my deck of McKenzie Mountain in New York State's Adirondack Mountains. In the morning the sun rises behind McKenzie, and the colors can be very dramatic. Sometimes these warm hues, sometimes mist, sometimes it's just a brilliant blue sky with the peak lit up with white snow. The painting that I did last week (Winter Awakening, in "Landscapes) shows a stand of trees looking like they are illuminated, a product of the rising sun hitting their frosty branches from behind. The colors don't look quite "believable" but they are as painted! The sun in this painting is a few minutes away from that bit of illumination, making the painting much more subtle where the trees are concerned--the sun isn't quite hitting them yet. The story is in the sky, and in the cool beauty of the snow and rich colors of the blue Adirondack Mountains. Some of the paper, a sanded red/grey PastelMat, shows through the strokes. I used Holbein soft pastels (they populate my pochade box)--a limited palette, on archival paper.