I had the chance to paint outdoors the other day when the temperature was hovering around minus 5 Celcius in Wellington Park. While down there I spotted what I think was a Sand Piper and a male and female Mallard duck. I think these birds missed the last plane south and hope they can manage through the winter, which hasn't got very cold yet. I'm considering taking some bread crumbs and such down there to hopefully help them out as they seem to be moving a lot more slowly than usual.
This painting had its beginnings as a collaboration with my painting buddy Dean Bauche at a retreat on Bonnie McNabbs ranch north of the Battlefords last winter. In the beginning it was pretty grey, which I wanted to explore, but after getting it back from Dean I decided to add some colour. My morning walks in the frost covered landscape figured prominently in the painting.