The snow from the last week is still on the ground, so snow is on my mind as well. "First Snow" is a large painting on a full sheet of watercolor paper. The scene is the Lake District in the northern England, and I imagined it must be the first snowfall of the season. Children are going home from school. The white in the middle ground slope is the untouched paper. With watercolors, you've got to save the whites with determination; once it's lost, you might as well start all over. I don't generally use making fluid, but there is no harm in using it if you prefer.
The painting received an award in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Show by the Baltimore Watercolor Society in 2005. It was also juried into the Art League International Landscape Show in Alexandria, VA in the same year.