Like many of my paintings, I began this one with a raw umber and white underpainting. I am beginning to really like painting snow scenes. Painting shadows on snow is particularly challenging. Even though shadows first appear to be primarily a blueish color that is reflecting the cool hues of a blue sky above, there is also enough warm light bouncing around that also influences the colors that you see. Snow is very reflective of all atmospheric light and can be a wonderful mix of both warm and cool. In this painting the early morning sun had painted the sky next to the horizon and the distant hills and trees in a warm light but high above and unseen in this view was a bright blue sky. This dance between warm and cool is what gives any painting a sense of sublimal vibrancv. Finding a balance between the two is part of the challenge and fun of painting snow!