It was still a little cold for attempting an acrylic painting. I can do a pen and watercolor sketch in 20-30 minutes versus a couple hours for a painting. Not only does acrylic paint not like such low temperatures I don't care for the cold either so sitting in one spot for twenty minutes is much more appealing than sitting there for two hours. A watercolor sketch gives me enough info to help me recall what it was like being at the scene. All those bare trees would make a studio painting a challenge though!
I wandered farther into the area up into the marsh. This is an area that just isn't accessible during the other seasons, it's too wet. A heavy blanket of snow helped keep me above the moisture for the most part. I was able to access the back of the pond at the marsh, again something I could never do any other time of the year. The ground was still quite soft under me so I decided sitting on the stool was not an option and instead did a quick pen sketch while standing;
It may not seem like much but doing a sketch, any kind of sketch helps embed the aspects of the scene in your mind that a camera just can't capture. I scribbled in a couple ducks that were there. I don't understand that, if I could fly south for the winter I definitely would!