Saturday, November 26, 2011

Frosty Grasses - THANK YOU Nancy Rose!

1/8 Sheet
Arches 140#CP

The mornings have really become schizophrenic these days. Upon awakening some mornings, the air is so warm that I'm reluctant to put on long sleeves and a sweater. Others, like this painting inspired by Nancy Rose's marvelous photograph ( make me want to crawl back into bed and turn on the electric blanket! Frost covers the ground - making our sienna fields look as though we've had an early snow. There's a decided CRUNCH to the icy frostiness on those days - but acting as changeable as the wind, mornings that begin with a CRUNCH often end with soft winds and air conditioning ... and temperatures in the 60sF! Mercy!

Still, this game of see-saw will soon end. The trees have shed their cloaks and only those hardy evergreens and the persistent leaf clinging by a few oaks and beeches remain. In our area of North Carolina, pine trees dominate the landscape as do magnolia, red cedar and wax myrtle - so one can easily overlook all the bareness above those treelines. Still, the somber grey of tree bark and the olive evergreens will be our landscape palette for the next several months. Already, I am missing fall.

Thank you once more, Nancy for your inspiration!

1 comment:

Lorraine said...

Lovely soft painting -- and I like the way it fades away to the right. And what a beautiful description of the trees right now. I love looking at the branches and shapes of the trees though -- so artistic looking without their spring, summer or fall dressing. And think how lovely they are with snow on them. Brr.
Big hugs,