“The Snow Laden Farm” 8″ x 10″ oil on canvas
I love winter and the cooler temperatures. Being outside in newly fallen snow I find inspirational and engaging. This winter seemed to be a little lack luster in terms of snow fall – until mid March rolled around. Surprise, surprise!
Having set aside my plein-air painting practice for the season I found myself pleasantly surprised with the late winter. I guess I had become so used to painting in my studio that with the last downfall of white stuff I decided to just take my camera out and shoot some photos hoping for something to present itself in the way of a possible landscape painting.
This piece was developed from one of the photographs. Actually the location isn’t one where it would be safe to set up my easel as there’s a busy road streaming right by on the left. This is an old farm that is active and kept in such great condition. Anytime I drive by I am always impressed with how perfect everything looks. It’s a place that I’ve approached about plein air painting and learned that the farmers weren’t open to that kind of thing. Although I was disappointed, I understood. What I loved about this vista were the colors and the simplicity of the barn and buildings. I kept the interpretation to a minimum of shapes with an emphasis on the colors as I experienced them.
I feel grateful to have been able to capture one winter scene this year even as a studio piece. I look forward to getting out and picking up some plein-air painting as spring is finally emerging!