Early Signs of Spring

TM9711 Early Signs of Spring 36×36 oil on panel

Early Signs of Spring is really about that in-between time when green shoots rising from the shallows (and some crimson branches showing signs of life) are still surrounded by the rough and scratchy vestiges of winter. When I see those little green shoots I want to sing, and thank them for returning. Details below. Enjoy.

TM9711 Early Signs of Spring – detail from upper right
TM9711 Early Signs of Spring – detail from right side
TM9711 Early Signs of Spring – detail from lower right

Technical painting notes: This painting evolved over time, starting as a view of the pond in this snowless winter but evolving into late winter and early spring. Something about too much gray, perhaps? I just had to add color, and after layers of rolling and drawing, the heavy impasto textures seemed to evoke the heaviness of mud and sticks, reminding me of the energy needed for green sprouts to emerge and claim their space.

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