It might be fun to try a plein air painting in the snow! Or at least a painting OF the snow. Less than an hour's drive from Pasadena is Mt. Baldy, officially Mount San Antonio.. It's over 10,000 feet, the highest peak in the San Gabriel Mountains, and has snow to paint in the winter.
Mt. Baldy was on the tentative paint-out schedule, but we weren't up to the challenge when the day came around. Coincidentally, another plein air group had scheduled to paint at Lario Park the following week. I posted about my first watercolor there last year in "Lario Park". It's actually not so much a park as a parking lot for the San Gabriel River Trail which many cyclists use. And from there are beautiful vistas of the mountains. The day we were at Lario, we had nice weather and great views of a snow covered Mt. Baldy. I brought my gouache set-up that day since I've been enjoying trying the new-to-me medium for landscapes without structures. I had in mind to limit brushstrokes so I painted two 5x7" pieces and started both with an under-painting which was a first try for me. I painted some snow after all...from a distance!