The Gates was an impressive art installation, comprised of 7503 "gates" over 23 miles of Central Park, by artists "Christo and Jean Claude." What I found amazing was the effort for a 15 day exhibit. During that time it snowed, adding dramatic contrast to the orange flags. Not sure if this was taken before or after the major snow:
My sister turned 50 five years ago and when I asked her what she wanted for a gift, she requested that I paint her a picture. I wrote about it in a post not too long ago. Knowing how much she enjoyed the Gates that seemed the perfect subject. Problem: I had never painted snow. For heaven's sake, for all the watercolour classes I'd taken to that point, only one painting had ever felt worthy of a frame.
It took time, but here's my attempt to simplify and adapt the above scene into the day of the storm: