This was started around 2 pm. There was a cold west wind and overcast turbulent stratocumulus cloud and by the time I was done, there was a lot of drizzle in the air as well. I wanted to capture the strong vertical lines of the forest with the light sky and patches of snow peaking through between the trunks. The marsh with the snow and bull rushes and cattails in the foreground worried me but I am very happy with how they turned out. I didn't have to paint each cattail! This was a good thing because by the time I was done, I was damp and chilled to the bone.