Setting Out

TM9514 Setting Out 36×40 oil on panel

My favorite sort of January morning, great light and time enough to take a short hike before hitting the studio. Of course everything I see will find its way into the painting I’m working on, and I guess that’s how it should be. Details below. Enjoy.

TM9514 Setting Out – detail from top center

TM9514 Setting Out – detail from foreground

TM9514 Setting Out – detail from shadows

 

SoNo Fine Art Winter Exhibit

I’m pleased to announce that my new winter paintings will be featured at SoNo Fine Art gallery this month, located at 50 Water Street, South Norwalk, CT.

Link below:

https://sonofineart.com

Sono Fine Art Gallery at 50 Water Street, South Norwalk, CT.
Painting in window is October’s Snowfall, 36×40

TM9508 October’s Snowfall 36×40 oil on panel

 

 

Ode to a January Morning

TM9088 Ode to a January Morning 36×48 oil on panel

Ode to a January Morning has been in development since 2018, and every winter I look at it and say “not done yet….” Today, I took it out again after visiting the ice pond last week – the place that has always inspired the idea for this painting. Once more I knew it wasn’t finished, not enough depth, not enough mystery, and the brush work looked too planned.  I took out my rollers and started mixing paint, thinking what have I got to lose? Some Bach, a fist full of rollers, and I rolled with near abandon. It felt so good, watching the details disappear under snow and shadow, just like in nature.  I used a brush and my smallest roller to restate some branches under snow, and accented the patch of deep blue open water on the left. As the roller softened and blended colors it created more depth and a luminous  quality to the surface that felt like encaustic. Details below, and at the bottom of this post you can see the earlier version of the painting. Enjoy!

TM9088 Ode to a January Morning – detail from upper right with snow

TM9088 Ode to a January Morning – detail with snow and tangled branches

TM9088 Ode to a January Morning – detail from lower left

TM9088 Ode to a January Morning – detail from upper left with far shore

and the earlier version….

TM9088 Ode to a Winter Morning (earlier version) 36×48 oil on panel

December’s Walk to the Woods

TM9511 December’s Walk to the Woods 30×30 oil on panel

Yes, another morning commute to the studio with an irresistible stop to study the new snowfall and patterns of light as the sun rises. It is an unremarkable view  along any country road, but singularly beautiful with fresh snow and early light. I love the subtleties of the winter woods, full of violets and blues with touches of sienna. As I worked on this painting laying in the whites of fresh snow I was reminded of my early days carving negative “whites” into my woodcuts.  Full circle, or almost. Details below. Enjoy.

TM9511 December’s Walk to the Woods – detail from upper right

TM9511 December’s Walk to the Woods – detail from left side

 

 

A weak sun, but the sun nevertheless

TM9510 A weak sun, but the sun nevertheless 30×36 oil on panel

The way sunlight comes up over the ridge and touches the tops of trees with a little warmth while leaving the lower reaches bathed in violet and blue is magical. That arbitrary line signifying vast geometries and unimaginable distance implies many ideas. My own smallness, the promise of warmth somewhere, the swiftness of change, and all this in the intimate setting of an ordinary roadside experience from my commute to the studio. It is worth stopping, choosing the path that might lead into more woods, more paintings. Details below. Enjoy.

TM9510 A weak sun, but the sun nevertheless – detail from shadowed lower left

TM9510 A weak sun, but the sun nevertheless – detail showing the sun reaching the tops of trees

 

October’s Snowfall

TM9508 October’s Snowfall 36×40 oil on panel

We had an extra early snowstorm this past October. It was destructive, but also absolutely gorgeous. The lingering foliage, coated with snow, glowed, while the bright October light was blinding. I grabbed my cameras and made a dash for nearby woods before it could melt. It felt like walking in a cathedral of light and sparkle, absolutely heavenly, and inspiration for many months to come. Enjoy. Details below.

TM9508 October’s Snowfall – detail with snow-banked brush

TM9508 October’s Snowfall – detail from center top with snow blasted branches

October’s Snowfall – detail at wood’s edge with morning sunlight and shadow

TM9508 October’s Snowfall – detail from shadowed side

Technical painting notes: I used a soft rubber brayer to lay the first values and textures, then worked back and forth between brushwork and roller work to develop forms and layer color.

 

September at the Pond

TM9506 September at the Pond 36×40 oil on panel

Early September is deceptive. It feels like summer, but there are a few signs of the cool weather to come – a slightly redder tint, a golden tone, a less humid sky. This quiet view at mid-morning is typical. Nothing loud or showy, just a bit of bedrock, a scattering of juvenile pines, and drifting duckweed. Maybe the beaver will come by later. Details below. Enjoy.

TM9506 September at the Pond – detail from center top

TM9506 September at the Pond – detail from right side showing use of monoprint techniques to achieve textures

Off-Trail

TM9499 Off-Trail 30×30 oil on panel

Watching the sun come up over the hill and sneak it’s light into the woods is a favorite morning ritual of mine, and winter is the best time to watch. Suddenly, the world brightens and stripes of white appear. It brings a smile to my face. Off-Trail is about these moments in a pristine world Detail below. Enjoy.

TM9499 Off-Trail – detail from left side