"Red Cedar" -- plein air study -- oil on 9x12" birch panel
I'd been itching to paint some of these red cedars. In winter they turn the most amazing shades of burgundy, rust, gold, deep blue -- like an old oriental carpet. Usually the deer browse away the lower branches.
One of the great things about a sunny snow scene is the wonderful, deep blue shadows. My favorite landscape teacher, Clyde Aspevig, told us to lay the shadows down and stick with them -- don't keep moving them as they change, or you'll drive yourself mad!