Saturday, December 6, 2014

Old Man Winter

Winter in progressing in Montana, and plein air painting is becoming a challenge as cold temperatures cause the paint to gum up on my palette and light snow fall beads up on the canvas.  But I am delighting in these challenges and happy with the spontaneity of the pieces I am creating.
The Ice Palace, Oil on Canvas   16"x20"
Contact: Glacier Gallery
1498 MT 35
Kalispell, MT 59901 
My little creek collected snow on the parts in which it was frozen solid.  The tree limps were weighed down by the fresh snow an created a magical space

After it Fell, Oil on Canvas   8"x10"
The afternoon sun shone brightly through a layer of clouds and fog which obscured the pine covered hillside..

Weighed Down, Oil on Canvas   8"x6"
 As a light snow was falling  the knarled branches of this tree began to give under the weight.  The orange foliage near the crown was also given a light dusting. 

Warmth of Winter, Oil on Canvas   16"x20"
Contact: Persimmon Gallery
537 Electric Ave.
Bigfork, MT 59911 
This studio piece was based on the 6x8 plein air painting 'Warm Winter Light'.  I wanted to focus more attention on the rich blue cast shadows and the shadows cast by the ripples in the snow. 

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