Spring Begins in the Shallows

TM9529 Spring Begins in the Shallows 36×36 oil on panel

In early April the water in the pond is cold and deepest blue, but as the days warm an explosion happens. Suddenly, there are bubbles and blips as frogs frisk. Duckweed starts to appear along the edges, stray debris floats by, and a green sludge of life blooms. The water seems so dense! Through it all, one can see white clouds and blue sky. It is an amazing and supremely hopeful occurrence. Details below. Enjoy.

TM9529 Spring Begins in the Shallows – detail from upper left
TM9529 Spring Begins in the Shallows – detail from left side
TM9529 Spring Begins in the Shallows – detail from center

To Tender Trees and Golden Leaves

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TM8888 To Tender Trees and Golden Leaves 7×7 oil on paper

As leaves fall, one can really see tree anatomy. The delicacy of crisscrossing branches and calligraphy¬†of reflected tree trunks creates a subtle grid pattern in the pond’s mirrored surface. Late in the day, the colors are muted, as if filtered through a soft gray lens of memory. And yet a few yellow leaves cling, for a while. I thank them.