It still seems strange that all the beautiful colours of spring, summer and fall are gone. I miss the vibrant reds, the brilliant purples and the intense greens of flowers and fields, not to mention the quality of the light.
And yet, there is an understated beauty in the colours of winter. I see burnt sienna in the trees and burnt umber in the shadows along with indigo blue and ultramarine. Even the zinc white snow reflects those colours.
Walking into the snowy landscape of Bear River is like stepping into an old sepia photo. It is impossible to count how often this tidal river has changed. It’s like quantifying infinity. It is never the same from hour to hour as it inhales creek and ocean water, and then sighs it out again – all twice a day. Our village needs a webcam fixed on that beautiful, living water.
As much as I appreciate the beauty, I’m rarely drawn to paint a snow scene. One of the few exceptions is this one from years ago out of my studio window. However, even the title gives away what my true subject was. 😉
So I use the time to experiment in the studio with pure colour and to work on ideas for the upcoming leap year art show at Artworks Gallery in Bear River.
Elements: Earth, Air, Water and Fire.
And I notice in doing so that I have used the colours I see in the snowy landscape.
I can’t help but be influenced by our environment.
Happy New Year to you and those you hold close. And may we have Peace in the World for all beings.