Sunday, January 20, 2008
Grasses in the Snow
In our part of North Carolina, we received a mild 1 INCH of soft, big-flaked snow that this morning is nothing but ice. Temperatures have dropped to the mid-20s -- I know, that's WARM for so many people -- but our normal temperatures are in the 50s!!
I got home from the conference a few hours before the snow actually began. After a 3 1/2 hour drive, visiting with trade show representatives, catching up with industry members, meeting students and other faculty, I had to take a bit of a nap to recover ... but sleep, at my advancing age, doesn't seem to be much of a priority, and so I was at the window when the snow started.
I grabbed my camera and excitedly ran outdoors to take a few photos -- nothing much to speak of, truly, since the ground has been so warm and most of the snow melted so quickly. Nonetheless, I decided I would sketch a bit of what I saw on my property.
I am enamored with ornamental grasses -- I love their reliability, sturdy and drought resistent character, the way they wave in the breeze, their graceful, arching growth habit, the space and cover they provide for wildlife, their winter interest, and a provider of additional seed for some of the birds -- and so our property is filled with many varieties. So when the snow fell, it rested mostly on these tan and ochre grasses ....
The painting I did is more of an 'inspiration' from my snow-covered bushes -- since we didn't have nearly this amount of snow and my grasses are HUGE... ! LOL
I'm trying to do a few more 'spontaneous' paintings sans lines or drawings first -- and so here's one of the first of these ....
Stay warm today!!