I was drawn to the contrast of the stream - both its form and striking blue color - as it abruptly cuts through the otherwise pristine snow. Its origin and destination are unknown as it meanders across the meadow. The surrounding snow forms gentle undulations resulting in shadows cast from the late afternoon light. The ponderosa forest edge adds a sense of space and the warm palette of the trees contrasts with the cool colors of the snow and creek.
As I mentioned in the Old Forge, NY post, winter isn't my favorite season of the year, primarily because I don't do cold weather and short days very well. However, when I was living in Flagstaff, I used to love the peace and absolute stillness following a snowstorm. Winter has a sense of quiet and calm that doesn't exist in the other seasons, and it is this feeling that I hoped to instill in this painting, and it is probably my favorite painting to date. Looks much better in person, though.
Winter Stream - pastel
10.5 x 7" on sanded paper