Just a few days ago it was near zero degrees, with strong winds and drifting snow. These past few days have been in the 40's and most of the snow has melted. The fog was thick this morning on the drive to Ellsworth to pick up a package at the Post Office. It's very beautiful up here. I see dozens of scenes I want to paint. I love doing large, complicated still lifes, but I think it's a good thing to go out and do quick landscape studies on a regular basis. Like doing sit-ups, these small "quickies" keep an artist's eye in shape. The odd patterns left by the mostly-melted snow are what I found most interesting this morning. Up here, the white cedars turn a kind of ochre-reddish in winter. We've also got lots of white paper birch, maple and "popple".
Fortunately, I was able to paint this study before the rain hit. Although it was unusually warm, I still wore my goosedown jacket and gloves. Standing still, painting, allows a body to get chilled fast. I've learned to use my car as a safety barricade and set up my easel in front.