Last Easter, I was skiing at Jay Peak, Vermont. I was on top of the hill, just getting off the tramway, and I saw this ski patroller just below me.
I liked the composition: he seemed to be standing in the right place at the right time, so I took the photo.
As you can see, there was no snow down in the valley below. This was toward the end of the ski season. But Jay Peak is a big enough mountain, that it tends to have it’s own weather system. I remember that day alternating between warm sun, and freezing blustery snow squalls. It was still quite wintery on top.
Anyway, today I decided to do something different, so I painted the ski hill.
As you can see, I deliberately put in the sky and left out the valley. I did this so that the hill didn’t get lost in the dark background. Plus it also helps emphasize the mountain itself.
Also, the drawing is mostly white…which meant I had to leave a lot of the sheet blank. With winter scenes, the secret is knowing what NOT to paint.