Walden Pond Winter

january, 2015

For a while now I have been wanting to paint a winter scene, but the absence of snow has left me lacking for images to work with.  Regardless of conditions, I am constantly on the lookout for views that would make compelling paintings – so I was thrilled when I stumbled on this one! While it is not a traditional winter scene, it still possesses that quiet beauty that makes this season so appealing. 

Adding to the draw, I was walking around Walden Pond when I saw this.  Focusing on something so simple that offered such drama seemed appropriate when thinking of the time Thoreau spent making the same walk. 

“Nature will bear the closest inspection; she invites us to lay our eye level with the smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.  She has no interstices; every part is full of life”

- Henry David Thoreau