Originally this was being made for a winter contest that was cancelled. I have finally finished it!
Interestingly, the first version was a photomanipulation.
However, I didn't like the contrast between what I painted and the background photo, so I drew it instead, using the same stock photo as reference. This is the stock I used:
I can't say how long it took, since there were two versions, however it was many hours. Many many!