Some of you will remember this painting from a post last year. Between Christmas and the big commission that I’ve been working on, I don’t have anything new to share with you and this seemed appropriate this morning. Winter came for us last night here in NE Illinois, with snow followed by freezing rain. Throughout the night I heard strange explosions and scraping sounds, like when a metal boat rubs against an aluminum pier. Odd. A story in the news revealed that people all through out SE Wisconsin heard them, too. Usually when snow falls the world is muffled in silence. There was no wind or storm to explain it.

An interesting thing happened when I was working on this painting. The sky kept coming out more blue than I wanted it to, so I reworked it the grey I was after. When I did, the colors of the rest of the painting immediately shifted and the life went out of it. That is the nature of color, and why you really cannot predict the outcome of a painting no matter how carefully you plan it. So, blue it is for the sky, and the rest of the painting sprang back to life.

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9 thoughts on “Winter

    1. Ah, so that is what is happening. I’m glad to learn of the source of the booms.
      Linking my color struggle with that wonderful quote of Muir is brilliant. I love it all the more now.

  1. The blue sets off the warmer tones of the foreground and grasses. When I look at this, my eye goes to the trees – there’s a lot going on in the background, layers of trees and curving branches. I remember this one, nice to see it again.

  2. I like the warmth of this one. It looks to me like a spring snow, where melting has revealed some of the still sere grasses beneath, but hints of green are becoming visible.

  3. As always, Linda, you are very perceptive. This was painted in February, after a tough winter up here. I was so very glad to see patches of ground!

  4. What a lovely winter scene, Melissa! I like the color of the sky and I find the grays of winter do have a lot of blue in them. Love the blue cast in the tree trunks. šŸ’™ I never heard of frost quakes before — that was an interesting link Steve included.

  5. Thank you so much, Emma. For once I went with what I first lay down, rather than my usual fussing and fiddling! šŸ™‚

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