"I hear the wind among the trees, Playing the celestial symphonies; I see the branches downward bent, Like keys of some great instrument." Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Monday, February 24, 2014
Thursday, February 20, 2014
"There is pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is rapture on the lonely shore, There is society, where none intrudes..........,
I love not man the less, but Nature more. "
(George Gordon, Lord Byron, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage)
Edge of woods.....6 1/2" x 6 1/2" watercolors
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
"Autumn...the year's last, loveliest smile."
William Cullen Bryant
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Today...The result of painting in my studio today and listening to some nice Mozart classical music….really relaxing to the mind. I've been concentrating a lot of effort these past 2 weeks in painting mountain winter scenes that are a part of much of the Utah landscapes…I enjoy these types of paintings and it might be difficult to transition back into a spring /summer presentation….so i will need to get out there again when it warms up.
This is the beginning of an acrylic painting that I treated as a watercolor and painted it on 300 # Arches' rough natural white paper…. I'm going to let it set for awhile and then make a decision on how much further I want to go on it in the middle/foreground.
For some reason I almost think it's there except for some minor things to straighten out on it....I really don't want to lose the significance of those distant barely visible trees, and if I were to build up the foreground to much I'm afraid that might happen.
Sunday, February 9, 2014
"Whose woods these are I think I know, his house is in the village though; He will not see me stopping here, to watch his woods fill up with snow……..The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep". (Robert Frost)Another winter landscape in watercolor "What remains of Autumn"
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Enjoy painting in the winter time, but just a small break from the painting of snow scenes….. Watercolor...Cache Valley, Utah..."Autumn High Country". That dark gray color in the aspens is a color new to me that I found from Daniel Smith's colors called "graphite gray". I did a wet-n-wet, just dropping the gray color in straight out of the tube and letting it run. I think I'm going to try this again soon, but will mask off to get the white trunks of the aspen trees...
"I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape. Something waits beneath it; the whole story doesn't show." (Andrew Wyeth)
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
"O thou whose face hath felt the winter's wind, Whose eyes has seen the snow-clouds hung in mist, And the black elm tops 'mong freezing stars" (John Keats)
"Trees need not walk the earth for beauty or bread; Beauty will come to them where they stand…Beauty will come to them in the rainbow - the sunlight - and the lilac-haunted rain." (David Rosenthal)
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
"A wind has blown the rain away and blown the sky away and all the leaves away, and the trees stand…. I think, I too, have known autumn too long". (EE Cummings)