I've been having a lot of fun building plywood and masonite boxes, gluing watercolor paper to the structure and painting on them. Sometimes I have an idea of what I will paint and what the box will look like before I begin, but other times I figure it out along the way. In this case I like the way the form of the structure reinforces the shapes in the painting, especially in the concave spear-house, swirling snow drifts, and the background hillside.
In an effort to capture a more holistic view of this landscape, I took multiple photos that were later stitched together to create a panorama in Photoshop. A friend suggested I cut the panel to mimic the irregular shape of the new image, I liked that and took it one step further by actually curving the panel to represent the curvature of view. The finished piece has a strong 2 dimensional quality with a very flat painting surface, but also takes on a 3 dimensional quality as the edges extend out toward you. I like this ambiguos space that the painting occupies and feel like it adds an interesting "frame" through which the more traditional subject of nature is viewed.