Friday, March 06, 2009

Morning Sunlight on Icy Snow

Before I left for work on Tuesday, the sun was just making its way through the trees. From my window, the bright light seemed to crystalize the cold, frozen snow in patterns of blue and yellow ... and I snapped some photos before dashing to work. Oh, to have been able to paint at that moment!

I painted this the following day, still remembering that brilliant light and icy snow, today -- all erased. My ice-tethered trees are now upright again, and temperatures are expected to be in the high 60s and 70s.

I had a good report from the eye doctor yesterday -- swelling down, infection about gone. He's given me 'eye' exercises to do .. and so I'm grateful that all is well -- thank YOU all for your kind concern and comments!

Being 'grounded' at home for the last week, even with limited vision, has been a blessing of relaxed time. I've been able to complete more deadlines in the space of uninterrupted hours than I could have at the office -- thus relieving a lot of stress that had been building as deadlines loomed.

My work is quite frenetic with long days and long nights, and so sketching or painting has to be squeezed in at the end of the day when fatigue colors my brush and paper along with the paint. Having a less frantic atmosphere with which to work has been a blessing...and I think it shows in my paintings. I return to the fray and bustle on Monday, grateful to be employed - but knowing that the intensity will continue as the economy remains dismal and less personnel are asked to do far more. It'll be back to practice and sketching during the week and sweet 'paint-time' on the weekends.

Still, I do love my work, and it definitely keeps me hopping! LOL It also provides an outlet for my own restless energy in a way that I hope will benefit a larger community. I suppose it's that old 'balance' rub and finding a way to keep things on a steady, more serene path. It's no wonder I tend to paint quiet scenes ... lol


Shirley said...

GORGEOUS painting!!!

Teri C said...

Just stunning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Claudia said...

I think you did a super great job on that, Lin. It is full of athmosphere!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful Lin. I don't know how you do it - find time for your art in your busy life. I certainly miss drawing but barely have enough time for the things I do now as it is - work, uni, parenting, grandparenting, gardening, yarn.... How DO you do it? :) Big hugs dear friend. x

Bonny said...

Lovely, Lin. Your painting is very reminiscent of winter walks in the woods in Germany. We'd often see deer and rabbits foragng for food. This kind of winter scene I do well in, it's the icy sidewalks that do me in.

Thanks for your 'Well Wishes' on my site. ;)

Anonymous said...

Oh this is so well done. The light coming through the trees is incredible. You have a terrific memory along with your terrific talent. Bravo once again!!!