This one almost didn't happen. They cut the water to my building just as I was prepping to work. Fortunately I had some bottled water on hand and was able to proceed...
Veil Circle 2 12x12 Acrylic and graphite on canvas sheet
Hatred paralyzes life; Love releases it.
Hatred confuses life; Love harmonizes it.
Hatred darkens life; Love illuminates it.
Martin & Coretta on their wedding day, 1953.
The ox is slow,
but the earth is patient.
-- attributed to Confucius
Following in the footsteps of Light's Return, I've done two new Nocturnes. And like the former they both were done from images that come to me and hang around until I paint them. Persistent little guys, they are, waiting for me to get back to the drawing table after the holidays. Sometimes MUCH longer. (Reminds me of the quote: "The ox is slow, but the earth is patient.") Usually I do landscapes from my photos or occasionally en plain air, but not here. Most of my work is also usually linear oriented, but these scenes at twilight call for a more value based approach, with a less direct approach and more glazing, scumbling and rubbing out. While posting, I just noticed the triangular theme of both paintings. The ascending triangle in Tree reaching to the heavens, and the the descending triangle in Light is the response from above. Lord knows we could use more guiding and healing light in these dark and turbulent times...
Little Christmas Tree at Dusk 6x6 Acrylic on Gessoboard
Light in a Dark Wood 6x6 Acrylic on Canvas board
It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters, in the end.
-- Ursula K. LeGuin
Above, is an unfinished 6x12 plein air painting of a partially frozen Echo Lake at the base of Mount Evans I did years ago. It was a cold, grey, blustery day. A passerby on the trail commented he'd never seen anyone paint with gloves on before. Well, I eventually decided to call it a day when the wind whipped up and blew the canvas off my easel and into the lake! Fortunately I was able to recover it with a long branch and am able to present it to you here today. Yes, it is the journey that matters. And I say persevere! Stay warm out there...
“Blessed is the season which engages
the whole world in a conspiracy of love.”
– Hamilton Wright Mabi
In honor of the Solstice, I have two paintings for you. We have had very dry, record warm weather these past few months, but the first day of winter has brought us here in Colorado, a forty degree drop in temperature and some snow! I love the obscuring of the snow. It simplifies and softens the visual world. That was the inspiration for A Trace of Snow, below. And of course the return of the light, for the work on the bottom. The days have metaphorically been pretty dark lately, but I truly believe brighter days for all lie ahead.
A Trace of Snow 12x12 Acrylic on Canvas sheet
Light's Return 12x12 Acrylic on Canvas sheet
Veil 8 6x6 Acrylic on Ampersand Gesso board
Painting on the finer texture board, rather than canvas, allowed me a smoother more gossamer effect for the veil. Perhaps it is the good tidings of the season that allows us to see beyond the day to day into the prism of the Higher Vibrations.
Bare Trees Blue Sky 6x6 Acrylic on Canvas board
These are the same trees I painted in Hill Trees at Sunrise, but now weeks later, they've lost their leaves and the sun is coming from a frontal angle in the afternoon, rather than being backlit by the sunrise. Still beautiful in their shape and starkness. I love the zen of Winter time.
Wabi-Sabi 6x6 acrylic on Ampersand Gessoboard
The term Wabi-Sabi comes from two Japanese words and refers to that which is imperfect, aged, humble and authentic. Both nature and human made objects may have wabi-sari qualities. Wabi-Sabi is an esthetic that values the passing of time and the elements, the handmade and the simple. Wabi-Sabi is a way of being open to emotion and acceptance. Wabi-Sabi is a state of mind and a state of feeling. -- Serena Barton