Today I walked past a local farm in the middle of country fields. It looked just like a scene from the cover of a chocolate box / I couldn't help painting it as such exaggerating the colours and hinting at warmth missing in the winter scene of cool grey and violet.
These quick studies on scraps of paper are a wonderful way of warming up before tackling a serious painting. I have ideas now on how to create a beautiful large scene of snowdrops and the farm could make an amazingly colourful abstract if it lost the " prettyness" and became more expressive with energetic and varying brushstrokes.
Out of interest all the local shops are running out of salt as everyone is laying it on paths, lanes and roads to prevent slippery icy roads. I am keeping my supplies for snow scenes locked in my art studio where it is hidden only for my use!