Painting - Watercolor On Paper
The light of deep winter is a pale light.
The sun rises late and sets early, and in its course through the day, it does not rise high in the sky. Depending upon how far north, or south, one lives, the winter sun almost sighs as it takes its daily course.
But light, all light, is beautiful. It is perhaps most especially so when darkness predominates, when the air is cold, when the surrounding landscape is bereft of green grass and colorful flowers.
In winter, in fact.
The artwork, Winter Light, invites the viewer to step into just such a winter landscape, deep in the rural country where there are fields instead of parking lots. Snow blankets the ground, untouched by human feet but maybe traversed, lightly, by those of wildlife.
Set against the white of the snow, the blue sky resonates azure. The shadows themselves are blue, striped within the white. Trees and bushes bereft of leaves add their own unique color – browns and tans, rusts and even oranges.
One gets the sense that it is very quiet here; the snow itself acts as a muffler of sound. Depending upon the texture of the snow, one’s footsteps add a crunch crunch to the air, or a swish swish. Enhancing the quiet is the fact that no one is around – the place many people want to be on a cold winter day is inside, next to a fire, with a good book and a cup of hot tea. (And not, NOT the TV.)
But for the hiker, the walker, the one who wants to get outside and explore, this gentle country landscape is a place to walk slowly, meditatively, with a sense of appreciation toward the sun’s warmth when it dances across one’s face.
While there is light, let us walk in that light, in spring or fall, summer or winter. There is much to see and do.
Companion pieces to Winter Light are Winter Solitude and Snow Retreat, also on this site.
Featured on 37 Fine Art America groups.
July 10th, 2020
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