Sunday, March 26, 2017

Slushy March evening

Spring seemed to come deceptively early this year, but a warm February turned into a cold March full of slush and ice. Here, we look down an empty side street in the evening as light snow falls on warm pavement beneath the glow of old streetlights.

Acrylic painting: 14" x 17"

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Hilltop redbuds

Atop a hill in Patapsco State Park, in the shade of old beeches, oaks, and tulip trees, redbuds spring to life. Their purple flowers add a flash of color to the earth-toned forest as late winter light streaks through the trees.

Acrylic painting: 14" x 17"

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Holiday Highway Travel

Around Christmas and New Years, millions of people head out on the roads, journeying to see friends and family. Here, we see several travelers making this journey along a modest highway through snowy fields and median-strip woodlands. The low-angle sun, marking the end or beginning of the day, adds some drama and beauty to what would normally be a relatively forgettable scene. For those wondering, this highway has a median-strip of trees, so the opposite lanes of traffic would be off to the left, and are thus not readily visible.

Acrylic painting: 14" x 17"

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Autumn's last shadows

The end of autumn is a sad time of the year, at least for me. The days continue to dwindle until the sun is rarely seen, cool breezes turn to bitter chill, and the trees are stripped bare and lifeless. This weekend brought the inevitable change and the annual sense of loss; almost two full days of strong winds tore away the last of the fall leaves, ending their beauty, and brought in winter's first frigid breath. This painting reminds us of happier times only a few weeks ago, where the low sun still illuminated the beautiful foliage and it was warm enough outside to enjoy a good hike in the woods.

Acrylic painting: 14" x 17"

Friday, October 21, 2016

Flooded Fall Stream

It's been a rough year for flooding on the East Coast of the US; A few weeks ago, hurricane Matthew spread torrential rain through the southeast coastal regions, while here in central Maryland, flash flooding in the summer severely damaged most of the historic region of Ellicott City. Here, we see the fall colors begin to spread through the woods, as flood toppled trees are illuminated against the low sun.

Acrylic painting: 14" x 17"

Friday, September 23, 2016

Autumn touches Skyline Drive

At the end of August, I went on a business trip to Charlottesville, Virginia to teach an engineering class. On the way back, I stopped off at Skyline Caverns and Skyline Drive. It was beautiful sight, looking out across the rolling mountains and valleys; I hadn't been there in over a decade, so it was well worth the trip. Here, we see Skyline Drive as the first brush of autumn passes over it, turning the vines, shrubs, and trees red, orange, and gold.

Acrylic painting; 14" x 17"

Friday, August 26, 2016

Ocean Storm Sunrise

A rainy thunderstorm moves off over the ocean, tossing up waves, as the sun rises on an empty beach. Later, vacationers will be here, but for now, enjoy the solitude.

Acrylic painting: 14" x 17"