6x6 inches, acrylic on watercolor paper
It has been ages since I've participated in an online painting challenge. One of my favorites is Bill Guffy's Virtual Paintout, which chooses a different location around the world each month and challenges people to use Google Street View to select a scene and then paint it. He includes the paintings on his site and on Facebook. I wanted to give this one a try for a couple reasons. First, we finally are buried in snow after a balmy start to winter in southern Wisconsin, and I thought I should paint a snowy scene. Next, we've actually vacationed in Breckenridge a couple times in the summer, have driven around the whole area, hiked the streets, everything except skied.
It takes a while to do these challenges, even in a small format. I virtually drove all over Breckenridge, up in the mountains, over at Keystone and the whole area searching for a scene that grabbed me. Then planning and actually painting took several hours. Finally there are rules for submitting these challenges, including resizing the image to fit Guffy's requirements, something I never remember how to do from time to time. I think I did it correctly, but I'll have to wait to see if it shows up with the other submissions.