This painting is another pre-snow painting. As in the previous painting , it was painted with the aid of the photo that had been modified by doing "thumbnail sketches". Modified, meaning that I preplanned the painting using small drawings, usually no bigger than 2 1/2" x 3" or proportionate to the painting support.
These small drawings would include the origin or direction of the light in the painting, thus dictating the shaded sides of objects and their values. These values would also give me the foreground, middle ground and background objects or in other words, the "aerial perspective". On the whole, these sketches constitute the "composition" or "layout" of the painting. The thumbnails, being small, there is little or no room for the addition of details.
These thumbnails are a wealth of information, allowing the artist to start "blocking in" the painting and proceed with confidence.