Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Days Became Longer

The winter days are becoming noticeably longer and we are being teased with hints of spring.  There is more opportunity to paint outdoors and capture Montana in all its winter glory.
The Road to Kila, Oil on Canvas   16"x20" 
The snow melt has created some muddy roads in the area.  The tires tracks created a beautiful pattern that reflected the pastels of the sky.

View from the Conrad, Oil on Canvas   9"x12" 
Just across the street from the Conrad mansion is this charming classic yellow home.  The patches of snow that have remained on the lawn created a nice pattern.

The End of the Tunnel, Oil on Canvas   16"x20" 
This studio piece is a revisitation of my earlier work entitled 'The Ice Palace".  More light has found its way into the scene and the image is asymmetrical unlike its predecessor.  The snow covered limbs and filtered light continued to intrigue me and I wanted to explore their effects further.

The Little Island, Oil on Canvas   6"x8"
On a clear January day, I made the drive out to Hungry Horse Reservoir just in time to catch the last bit of light shining on the Swan Mountains.

Smith Lake Thaw, Oil on Canvas   6"x8"
The warm morning light began to flood its way into the valley on this icy morning

The Pole Barn, Oil on Canvas   6"x8"
The warm morning sun cast its warm light on the snow covered mountain in the distance.

Winter Hearty, Oil on Canvas   8"x8"
Ice chunks have piled up on the shore of the Flathead River while hearty foliage awaits the warmth of the spring to come.

Kalispell Industrial, Oil on Canvas   8"x10"
This old relic of a mill is situated along highway 93 as you head north into Kalispell.

Over and Under, Oil on Canvas   16"x20"
On this morning a light layer of frost covered the winter foliage along the banks of Ashley Creek.

Winter Lace, Oil on Canvas   20"x16"
As the sun rose over the mountains, the snow covered branches were the first to receive the light.

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