Sunday, November 27, 2011

Riverside Trees - Luminescence - THANK YOU Denis Collette!


1/8 Sheet
Arches 140#CP

Frosty, gray mornings greet me this time of the year - and early mornings smell like winter on the wind. My friends to the north already have experienced snowfall - and it is especially around the holidays, that I begin my annual 'pining' for snow.

I have to make do with the frost - and your inspirational images - right now! I owe a special thanks to my friend, Denis Collette for allowing me to paint from his image of luminescence (www.flickr.com/photos/deniscollette/5214285398/).... THANK YOU, Denis! I have been admiring this capture since LAST November - and tried and tried to paint it without any success. Finally, my muse decided to be kind, and sat on my shoulder as I rendered this interpretation of winter trees, riverside. I LOVE Denis' work- there's a fabulous sparkle and light to them that is such a challenge in watercolor. Still, I hope I was able to capture a bit of the 'magic' I see in his incredible photography!

Though rain is in the forecast, snow is the furthest thing from reality for us. Temps reached 70F yesterday, and our visit to the JC Raulston Arboretum found roses, flowering maples, camellias and more still blooming like colorful candy!

And yet,

THIS morning, the sun waits behind pink/gray clouds and the woodland trees are somber in melancholy - and I wait
for the snows
to come.

3 comments:

Lorraine said...

Oh WOW Lin - stupendous. When I opened your blog I was just blown away by this painting -- so different from anything you've done. I love the movement so much and the colors are incredible. I would say you have succeeded masterfully.BRAVO.

Can you tell I like it???
Big hugs,
Lorraine

Joan T said...

Awesome loose background!!! This is wonderful! I like your non-traditional colors for the grasses. Well done!

We are still having temps in the high 50s, so I keep going out to paint. Hope it continues just a bit longer. Enjoy!

Joan Sicignano Artist said...

Oh Lin, it's beautiful. Yes we are all looking forward to the first snow fall, but on L.I. we are 10degrees above normal.

all the best to you,
Joan