Painting - Oil On Panel
A blaze of red set against a blue sky and golden fields, contrasts with winter's snow in the crevices.
Redbush, the artwork, incorporates a little bit of abstract, a little bit of representational, and a little bit of impressionism in a late spring landscape of rocks, emerging grass, and melting snow. This is the time of year that transitions from one season to the next – sunlight during the afternoon is warm and embracing, but when that sun goes behind the clouds, then the coolness of late winter reasserts itself, and we realize it’s not quite time yet to put out the bedding flowers (that is, of course, unless we don’t mind re-buying them several weeks from now, when spring actually arrives).
Redbush invites the viewer on a country walk along gravel roads, where just above the path a blaze of color from last year’s autumn change hangs on, having never yet let winter’s cold fully denude the bush. There is a sense of tenacity and toughness brought about in Redbush, a reflection of nature and how the plants and animals cope with the seasons.
Because this is out of in the country, the melting snow is not sullied and dirtied with car exhaust, and the mud of tire tracks and tromping feet. High on the incline, the snow maintains its pristine white color, changing only in texture from the fluffy white mass of new snow to the denser, icier crystals resulting from melting and re-freezing.
The color is ablaze – the red bush’s lingering leaves set against the white of the snow, the tan of the rocks, and the blue of the sky – which is another reminder for us – that nature is colorful indeed, and is no slave to home industry demands that we focus on neutral tones this year, then soft blues a few years from now, then urban chrome after that. Nature sets her own standards, and invites us to join in the joy of seeing them.
April 21st, 2017
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