Tuesday, January 8, 2013

"Winter Shadows" (acrylic on canvas; 24" x 18")

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In case you are wondering why I haven't been blogging often lately, here is why.  I came down with shingles over the Christmas holidays.  Yes, shingles.  Yes, it really hurts!  So I have been taking it easy.  Yesterday I felt a little better and overdid things.  Boy, a big mistake.  There is no reason, however, why I should always talk about new paintings.  I have plenty of old paintings to share with my readers.  Today I am going to share one of my all-time favorite paintings.

In northern Virginia, where I live, we get very little snow in some winters.  2012-13 seems to be such a winter as well.  Anyhow, this particular winter was one of those disappointing ones.  So when we had a little snow overnight, I was eager to take a walk in the neighborhood park.  There I saw this scene of the mellow winter afternoon sun casting long shadows over the fallen logs.  You wouldn't believe from the painting, but on top of the hill were suburban homes, which I edited out.  The painting was juried into The Art League show in Alexandria, VA in 2007.

"Winter Shadows" hangs proudly in my living room.  I don't paint this big very often, which is a shame.  I could play with subtle changes in color temperature and soft/hard edges throughout the canvas, while maintaining the mood of a brilliant light pouring through and uplifting the viewer.  Do you feel like you are standing in the woods and looking up?


  1. Hey Kim, the light in the trees and the great colors in the snow, makes me feel like I am in a quiet forest, no one else is around..I can only hear nature. Nice! Take care - shingles are the pits!

  2. Beautiful and peaceful painting!
    Sorry to hear about the shingles-painful as they are.

  3. Yes, I do. This is stunning! It caught my eye instantly, and makes me wish I could be there, walking through the snow, listening to it crunch under my feet. I really hope you feel better soon from the Shingles - from what I've heard, they're awful! Hang in there and hopefully soon enough you'll be able to get back to your easel and your blog in no time. =)

  4. Wow, five comments! Thanks everybody for your kind, supportive words. You made my day!

  5. There is something so wonderful and serene about looking at a snow scene. Its a lovely painting. Congratulations on getting it juried into the Art League, that's tough competition.