Monday, March 18, 2013

A Few March Paintings

 March 12.
Massive dark snow clouds fill the sky. The sun breaks through every so often, only to be covered again, as more snow flies and falls to the earth.
A previous storm,with wet, sticky snow and a cold wind, left the north sides of the trees plastered in white. I stood among the birch trees down the hill to get out of the wind. Occasionally the tree tops were shaken, and I discovered what a nasty texture snow gives to wet oil paint. :-p

March 12, 2013 plein air. 5 x 7 inch oil on linen.

March 13.
Blue skies and blinding sunshine. I took a long walk around the north side of the farm, out to the orchard, where the snow had been broken and churned up by deer. The dogs went a bit crazy trying to follow all the tracks at once.
I continued around on the south side, but a cold west wind competed with the sunshine, making for a short and cold painting session.

March 13, 2013 plein air. 7 x 5 inch oil on linen.

March 14.
Close to home. A twisted old maple casts its shadow on the corn crib in the evening.
March 14, 2013, plein air. 6 x 8 inch oil on linen panel.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

When you can't do a lot...

 ... do a little.

Over the past week I have not accomplished a whole lot. A nasty cold changed all my plans, and I've been house-bound, making friends with the tea kettle and tissues.

So glamorous.
So today I worked on little projects. I haven't done much watercolour painting recently, and haven't done any tiny paintings in a long time. I'd forgotten how much fun they are. :)

Small glimpses of winter, 2.5 x 3.5" paintings.