Friday, February 19, 2010

Two December Trees
oil on canvas
20" x 24"
These two giants stand guard over our home and I wish I had a nickel for each time I've just gazed up at their massive structure in awe - at any time of year. In winter though, the bare bones are revealed and the gestural quality as they sway and reach far above me is amazing.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

December Stream
oil on panel
6" x 8"
The same place more or less where many of these paintings occur - beavers have created this little pool of freezing water and another beyond. The chaos along the left bank made up of fallen saplings and mud and ice and snow and the reflecting pool of ice skim and water all set off the light up on the right - hand bank. A real gamble of a painting that seems (to me) to work while staying as loose as I dare. This is how I love to work.
Slow Melt
oil on panel
8" x 10"
This one was done on one of those days right after a light snow and the temps went up and slowly the ice and snow began to shrink away from the grasses - I love the blonde and orange grass and pine needles against the cold light and shadow of the snow. Captures a moment in time by compressing an hour or so.