I’m partial to the elusive beauty of snow. I find new undisturbed snowfall and it’s hushed sounds, invigorating. Everything seems softened, time appears to slow down and become more patient, homes become more cozy, hot chocolate warmer and sweeter.
I enjoy painting landscapes as they allow more creative free rein than most other subject matter – within realism. I can invite more happy accidents and feel more open to completely inventing passages of the painting.
“The snow had begun in the gloaming, And busily all the night Had been heaping field and highway With a silence deep and white” ~ James Russell Lowell
Here’s my newest painting, just off the easel. The atmosphere in my final result isn’t as oppressive and moody as I’d imagined it when I first began. But I think the earthy gray color palette I’ve used reasonably reflects the winters here in Virginia.
16″ x 16″ Pastel on Primed Pardboard
“Winter Landscape” (Detail)
16″ x 16″ Pastel on Primed Hardboard