I decided to get into the spirit of the holiday by painting a snow scene. I must admit first of all, that I've painted something very similar to this several years back, but I'm very fond of the reference and the other piece has always been a favorite of mine. So, this was just for my own satisfaction. I thoroughly enjoyed painting this scene again. It felt like coming home, so perfect for this time of year.
I painted this on Art Spectrum/Colorfix paper. The paper color was Elephant. I stuck with the reference pretty much, but wanted to keep the key of the piece pretty dark, even though it's a snow scene. By doing this, I knew I could accomplish the sparkling light spilling between the trees and keep the sense of mystery and wonder that attracted me to it in the first place. I like how the suggestion of a structure is hidden underneath the red branches. That's cool. The reference photo has more flat lighting, which I don't think is as dramatic, so I wanted to play up the drama a bit.
I hope you enjoy the piece and it helps gets you in the holiday spirit!!