Sunday, July 1, 2018

Sequoia Trio

In early June, I went on a fun, guided tour through National Geographic (their "Natural Highlights of California" tour), and one of the amazing places our little group visited was Sequoia National Park. These huge, ancient trees are magnificent and awe-inspiring - it has been said that no one has ever successfully painted or photographed a redwood tree (or giant sequoia) because the feeling they produce is not transferable, and that is accurate. You have to see their staggering size and understand their age by visiting them in person. Still, I have tried to capture their incredible size in a painting, doing the best I can. I took special care to accurately render this well-known trio, from the fire scars to the subtle change in bark texture and color higher up on the trees. Nonetheless, it is only a painting - I recommend one see the trees in person to truly experience them.

Acrylic painting: 14" x 17"

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Rain every night

It has rained every day and night here in the Mid-Atlantic states for the past week, with only today finally offering the return of sunlight. While I can't change the weather, I can at least turn it into art! Here, we are somewhere out in the hilly country west of the I-95 corridor as another night of rain sweeps across the land, with the glistening lights of a town visible in the distance.

Acrylic painting: 14" x 17"

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Dark Clouds and Waters

Spring is finally here, bringing clouds and rain to a land weary of winter. Here, storm clouds roll over the dark water of a lake or bay in the afternoon.

Acrylic painting: 14" x 17"

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Forsythias and Snowmelt

It has been a long winter this year, with the largest snowstorm happening in late March, after the technical start of spring. Here, at the edge of a field and in the shade of an old row of pine trees, we see the snow still linger in the shadows as blazing yellow forsythia flowers illuminate the cold air.

Acrylic painting: 14" x 17"

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Light Without Heat

In early February, many ancient northern cultures celebrated holidays marking the middle of winter with spring on the horizon. Examples range from the legends that produced Groundhog Day, to Imbolc, an ancient Gaelic mid-winter festival. A common theme is that of light without heat, for although the days are growing noticeably longer, the air is still cold and snow is often still on the ground. Here, we see that the horizon is pink with dusk even as a local streetlight is already on, marking the slow return of light; and yet, snow covers the ground and the air is frigid. Spring is slowly on its way.

Acrylic painting: 14" x 17"

Sunday, January 7, 2018

January River Thaw

The weather in much of the US for the past two weeks has been extremely cold, with everything freezing solid. Amid the snow and ice, we look ahead to the next week, when the first thaw is predicted. Here, the ice melts in a few places on a frozen river beneath a towering sycamore tree.

Acrylic paintings: 14" x 17"

Friday, December 15, 2017

Winter Sunrise Shadows

In the light of a frigid winter dawn, the sun blazes through a snow-coated forest, glimmering on the frost and streaking through the branches above. Long shadows are cast from the low light, falling across the shrubs and grasses half buried in the snow.

Acrylic painting: 14" x 17"