Pond Edge, Early December

TM9661 Pond Edge, Early December 48×30 oil on panel

My pond and ice studies from last winter continue to inspire larger works, and the newest is Pond Edge, Early December. It’s a tight view watching ice encroach on the shallows. Oak leaves are visible under the surface, as well as the reflection of blue sky and clouds. The upper half of the painting is thin ice with a hint of what’s below. The abstractness of this close, vertical view is what intrigued me – the possibility of realism colliding with abstract expressionism. Plus, the sheer beauty of winter and its mysteries. Details below. Enjoy.

TM9661 Pond Edge, Early December – detail from center
TM9661 Pond Edge, Early December – detail from lower right with submerged oak leaves and ice formimg
TM9661 Pond Edge, Early December – detail from upper part of painting showing development of thin ice layers meeting open water