Winter Forest, 5" by 7", oil on linen board, January 2009
Private collection, Coconut Grove, Florida
Winter Sunset, 5" by 7", oil on linen board, January 2009
Private collection, Coconut Grove, FloridaI'm quickly gaining a new appreciation of winter. I never realized how normal light gets stepped up to such a high voltage in the snow. These are good exercises in observation. First I carved out another study of the odd grove of trees on the edge of my property in the muted light of the afternoon. The sun started coming out as the afternoon grew dark, and then the sky suddenly lit in a blaze of color. Normally I would run to grab my camera, but instead I started mixing and laying down paint with the linen board in my hand. The heart wrenching colors changed every few seconds, but I managed to capture some version of the technicolor sky.