One reason I'm so excited about this is because I did not get as cold as I'd feared (thanks Mom for the fingerless gloves), although at the end I was beginning to shake a bit.
Another reason is that I discovered wonderful things about painting outside this time of year on sunny days. The sun stays low in the sky so everything looks dramatic all the time, even at noon. The colors are clean and clear, and there is no boredom with green, green, green and more green- instead there's a beautifully profound contrast between the warmth of bare trees in sunlight and the blue of the sky, river, bits of snow in shadow.
I've been blogging about some of my favorite winter landscapes in The Art Room, which was a way to rev myself up. So glad it worked!