Usually I begin with the background. Since I wanted to work on this piece at my last show, I thought working in the center would be better with my easel set-up. That way I would have a dry area on which to rest my hand.
I have a confession. I hate painting snow. Well, hate may be a bit strong, but I find snow particularly challenging. However, I love painting water and find it easy. For this snow piece, I am going to "pretend" that it is just cold water. Below is the beginnings of my "cold water."