Following a recent heavy snowfall, I walked into the peaks to make the most of the view. This is a painting from the edge of the peak district.
I am pleased with the way this one came out as there seemed to be so many ways to go wrong. It was difficult to convey the wonder of the image since it is basically a very simple, grey scene.
The key to each aspect of the painting was to capture complexity and simplicity at the same time. The sky appears to be a fairly uniform bluey grey, but subtle gradations produced a deep foreboding nature. With the trees (as always, I love painting trees) I try to show the complexity of the structure with a minimum of brush strokes. The snow itself appeared completely white and without depth, but it still required blues, yellows, and greys to make it feel real. I am pleased with the three walls; my intention was to preserve the sense of distance I remember from the original scene.