Poplars in Snow

by Susan Abbott

8" x 10", gouache and watercolor

What I learned painting in 17 degree temperatures today:

--when it's cold enough out, watercolor crystallizes on your palette, and then solidifies on your paper

--these crystals make some interesting textures in your painting

--when you bring this painting back into a warm studio, the crystals melt, merging all your nuanced brushwork into one big puddle

--sometimes, if not always, getting very messed up improves a painting