December 21, the first day of winter, the winter solstice. It's cold, even here in Southern California. Since I posted some autumn watercolors for the first day of fall, I wanted to post a favorite winter piece for the winter solstice.
Last December, on the Paint My Photo website the challenge for the month was a relaxing end of the year "non-challenge". The assignment was to just choose a photo from the thousands on the website and paint something seasonal that could possibly be used for a holiday card if the artist wanted to. In Southern California we have our seasons but usually no snow in the Los Angeles area in December so I was inspired to try painting some snow. I looked at many terrific photos on the website of wintery scenes and finally decided on a beautiful shot of two women in the snow feeding ducks and Canada Geese beside a lake. I painted this before any of the plein air pieces I've been painting recently so to me it has a different look and mood. The photo is by Roy Simmons and is gorgeous.