"Mitten Ridge" 12x16, oil 

It's not often we get to paint snow in Sedona, but a brief period of cooler weather has given us painters a wonderful opportunity.  Although there's none left to speak of in town, the higher slopes are still snow-clad, especially on the shadowed sides. 

Yesterday, the workshop went up to the Midgely Bridge pull-off to paint a view of Mitten Ridge.  It was a glorious view with the ridge backlit and just a little sun spilling down into the snow field.  A thin ceiling of cloud scattered the sun's light and warmed up the shadows.  On a clear day, I would have painted the shadows distinctly cool with prominent blues and violets.  This day, however, I added a bit of red and green to the mixture.

By the way, we had beautiful weather.  Mid-50s, gentle breeze and plenty of sun!

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Comment by Pat LaBrecque on January 7, 2011 at 3:02pm
Hi Michael!

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