A grove of cottonwood trees -- in the country landscape of Southeastern Washington State -- leans into a path hidden by winter’s snow. This is a quiet, peaceful place, and hidden enclave that one discovers on a country walk.
Winter Grove is a small but powerful oil painting that captures the tranquil nature of a snowy afternoon, coming upon late afternoon as the weak winter sun casts its spell into the sky. The clouds possess a pinkish glow that reflects upon the snow below, giving it a magical color as well.
Snow isn’t really white, you know. Because it captures and reflects the colors around it, snow shows off colors that range from cool lavenders and blues to warm oranges and pinks. In the artwork, the path through the trees is almost purple, wending its way through the trees to a continuation of the landscape beyond.
The brushy, almost abstract nature of the painting opens the viewer’s mind to the landscape, inviting him or her to join the artist in this tranquil, quiet place – this is a magical area of forest that one comes upon suddenly while cross country skiing, or snowshoeing on a clear winter afternoon. It is a time to daydream while gliding along, feeling the cold breath of winter’s air on one’s face, hearing the soft swish of the snow as we make our way through it.
Places such as Winter Grove are all about us, tucked away in enclaves that we frequently don’t find because we don’t take the time to get off the wide, beaten path and strike out on an adventure of our own. When we do make the decision to go places where others do not flock, we are rewarded by the breathtaking beauty, the intense silence, the panoply of color and form that paint themselves into an image that stays with us long after we have left.
Featured in 10 Fine Art America groups.
November 15th, 2017
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