In the foothills of Alberta, Canada, a Chinook wind can turn up in or out of any season from early fall to late spring. They can arrive without much warning and always accompanied by the recognizeable 'Chinook Arch' which more or less controls the area that the chinook will service. If riding inside the invisible wall you can have the parka open, hood back and mitts off. Twenty yards past that wall, you will be frantic to get bundled up again against the sudden cold. Within 5 miles the temperature can easily vary 25 degrees F. Both fauna and flora can benifit or suffer depending on the duration of the chinook.
The painting is done from a January chinook I recall that stayed 4-5 days. The game animals were still wearing their antler crowns and many were seen out and about in the open meadows where melted bare spots allotted them easy grazing. Crocuses came out on the southern slopes.
The painting is 12"x16", Acrylic on stretched canvas. Have work to do on the deer, fix antlers and some body shapings; shadows throughout. Any further suggestion? There is a lot more purple tones in this painting than I usually have and I wonder if it is too cool a shade. The chinook is a warm wind and I wonder if I should have mixed more red with the purple. Can still add a warm glaze. - ??-