Here’s my newest painting, just off the easel.
I am very partial to the elusive beauty of snow. I find new undisturbed snowfall, and it’s hushed sounds, invigorating. Everything seems softened, time appears to slow down and become more patient, homes become more cozy, hot chocolate warmer and sweeter.
I enjoy painting landscapes as they allow more creative free rein than most other subject matter – within realism. I can invite more happy accidents and feel more open to completely inventing passages of the painting. The atmosphere in my final result isn’t as oppressive and moody as I’d imagined it when I first began. But I think the earthy gray color palette I’ve used reasonably reflects the winters here in Virginia.
Huge thanks to my good friend Ryan Cheatham, who graciously allowed me to use his wonderful photo for reference!