Monday, January 28, 2013


I really love painting snow!  I didn't realize how much I loved it until last winter when we didn't have much snow. We got two feet early this year so I've been going out to paint as often as possible. I'm in the thick of a pile of studio work, finishing large paintings I started on location this summer, so sometimes I can only grab a few hours to get outdoors. 
One afternoon I drove to nearby Bauneg Beg Mountain for this quick sketch of the trail head. 

This particular afternoon, as snow was beginning to fall, I painted the salt water and ice trails in the marshes along Harbor Road in Wells. 

Last weekend I traveled up to North Conway, NH. On the side of Cranmore Mountain I found one small section of a rushing mountain stream still free of ice.

I painted really fast to capture the last rays of sunlight as a huge cloud bank swept in over the mountains from the west. The weather is often really dramatic in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

I liked the scene at Bauneg Beg so much that a few days after I did the small sketch, I headed back over and painted a larger version of the same scene in different light.


  1. Very nice series of winter paintings done plein air. I do most of my work in the studio using some plein air sketches and photos. I admire that you get out there in the winter time. I know how much effort it takes to get outdoors and paint when the conditions are less than perfect. You inspire me to give it a try. I've just made the leap from advertising to fulltime painter this month and have been busy getting all my marketing in order. Keep up the great work.

    1. Thank you Ann! My car studio is usually packed and ready to go. I just have to decide where I'm going to paint. I'm lucky, I have a multitude of options very close by.