Well, I think that I have stalled off long enough. This painting is the first step in the long, cold and snowy trek to spring.
With the shorter days of winter and the fast moving light, it is essential to establish the shadows of your subject in the initial drawing on your painting support. As it is important to "catch the moment", I feel that establishing the shadows, "freezes time", and allows the painter to carry on with the rest of the painting without having to deal with correcting shadows in the fast moving light.
I used the limited palette and again, the tinted panel.
The tinted panel I find really helps in establishing the lights and darks . I think the tendency is to paint higher values in winter or snowy paintings. The tinted panel gives a nice background, if you will, to lay on these higher values as opposed to the 'white' of the canvas or panel..
So, ..it is a start !