Winter Morning after a Storm

TM9636 Winter Morning after a Storm 7×7 oil on paper

There’s always a reward for going a little further into the woods. The rocky ledges buried under snow but catching the strong sun form a wonderful composition, and the funny thing is they don’t really exist. A loose gesture with the palette knife accidentally “painted” the substructure. I liked what I saw and incorporated it into the final scene. It could be from Purgatory Chasm, and I guess in a way it is based on my knowledge of those crazy rock forms. Enjoy. Maybe I’ll check out Purgatory tomorrow……..

Windfalls

TM9632 Windfalls 7×7 oil on paper

The recent, harsh blizzard devastated my woods, knocking over so many trees! It is heartbreaking to see the damage, even though I know windfalls create another kind of habitat for wildlife. So many of my favorite views are gone or obstructed. I guess it just creates a new challenge. Life goes on.

An Early Snow

TM9626 An Early Snow 7×7 oil on paper

While terrible for the trees, an early snowfall is gorgeous to see and enjoy. The stark whites and blues intermixed with the last foliage broadens the palette. It’s like the best of winter and summer combined. Of course it also means many limbs will come crashing down, to be turned into strong diagonals in the next paintings. All part of why I love working with landscape. Enjoy!

Taking the Other Path

TM9625 Taking the Other Path 7×7 oil on paper

Every day brings changes. This new view of a familiar winter creek after snow is more frozen than previously. I definitely felt the cold in my bones this time. But, as always, it was worth the discomfort. That being said, next time I’ll add another layer. Enjoy.

Path into the Woods

TM96324 Path into the Woods 7×7 oil on paper

:This study of an alternate path through the woods on a snowy day is full of the sunshine that is so dear in January. There are so many trails in these woods. I can’t help but think of Robert Frost’s poem The Road Not Taken:

“………And I took the one less travelled by, and that has made all the difference.”

Over the years, I’ve walked many of the trails, and I am still finding more. Best is when I get off the trail, keeping the position of the sun in mind, and start exploring. I call it tromping the swamps. In winter, the abstract patterns of ice and frost collecting around clumps of grasses is so visually exciting. It was the inspiration of my large painting The Winter Pond. I look forward to working with the subject again when the temperature drops. In the meantime, I’ll try a few new trails…….Enjoy.

Winter Creek

TM9621 Winter Creek 7×7 oil on paper

Some places haunt us – they enter our hearts or psyches and take up residence. This creek in the mountains is such a place for me. Maybe it’s the music of the flowing water surrounded by silence, or the arrangement of open space and woods, but it excites me every time. Winter may be the best, as with the sun coming out after a gray morning. Whatever the secret is, I choose to simply enjoy it.

More Deep Snow

TM9610 Deep Snow #3 7×7 oil on paper
TM9611 Deep Snow #4 7×7 oil on paper

Two more little babies from the Deep Snow series, which could also be called a walk in the woods. These two are based on winter walks at Purgatory Chasm. Not an easy hike, but so worth it, especially with fresh snow and sunshine. Enjoy!