Sunday, May 28, 2017

Sunset on distant plains



On a far away world, the sun sets amid illuminated clouds as a gentle wind sweeps across the grassy plains. Two moons hang in the evening sky, an alien sight to our eyes.

Acrylic painting: 14" x 17"

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Monumental Forest


In some distant realm, ancient trees stretch skyward on a cool spring day, casting long shadows across a meandering brook. Sunlight glimmers through the leaves and heavy limbs, illuminating the water and petals of small flowering trees and shrubs.

Acrylic painting: 14" x 17"

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"