After the Storm

February 2015

Was it really just 2 weeks ago that I wrote about wanting snow for some good winter images? Now that we have about 4 feet on the ground (with more falling as I write this), I certainly got what I asked for!

After shoveling out from our first big storm, I spent the better part of the day trudging through the woods with my camera.  It was a perfect day for enjoying snow views, with an untouched covering over everything and bright sunlight creating fantastic shadows.

While I definitely appreciate the beauty of grand vistas, I typically find myself drawn to the drama of smaller, more “every day” scenes.  I took a lot of pictures in my trek, but it was the patterns in this one that grabbed my attention.  The repeating shapes in the snow and shadows, the branches and the background trees and clouds are what make this scene something that I enjoy looking at again and again.

For those of you who will be shoveling out again today, I hope this helps you to enjoy the views as you dig out!

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

September Afternoon, Olson House

January 2015

This image has been with me since my trip to the Olson House in early September.  The Olson House in Port Clyde, ME is where Andrew Wyeth painted his famous “Christina’s World” in addition to many of his other well-known works.  The main point of my time in Port Clyde was to get in the field and do some painting, but the time I spent in the Olson House ended up being one of the highlights of the trip.  As I walked through (taking many pictures), it became clear why this house was such an inspiration to Wyeth. There is a magical feel to the place - which was accentuated by the amazing afternoon light.

I always have a queue of images in my head that I want to paint, and this one has been at the front of the line.  I used my pictures as a reference, but photos could not quite do this scene justice.  My goal with the painting was to get the quiet and peaceful feel of being in the room, taking in the play of the beautiful afternoon light across a room that inspired one of the greatest painters.