WINTER LIGHT-Acrylic on crezon panel 36x48
Here we are again in the season of Winter with all of its wonderful hues of blues, purples and greens. I love getting outside in the Winter and going for walks in the crisp air. I have fond memories of going with my Dad out on the trappers trail to look for the perfect Christmas tree. It was fun but tough slugging through the deep snow and more so for my Dad who hauled out the saw for the final pick. This painting is done from my memories of that time spent with my Dad and the brisk walk through the bush where all you could hear was muffled sounds of our snowshoes as the snow gently floated down around us.
Perhaps that is why I was tickled pink when I was commissioned to paint "Winter in the Northern Woods" by Lawren Harris. The painting that Harris did could easily be from anywhere around here, but the lay of the land reminds me of Oxtongue Lake area. It is structured with such skill that it took me a lot of time just to draft it out in order to get it as accurate as possible to what Harris had in mind. The way the boughs bend over with the weight of the snow reminds me of my own painting with evergreens like Spruce and Balsam heavily laden with fresh snow. What a joy for me to paint "Winter in the Northern Woods" with all the blues and purples and even some hints of pink from the late afternoon light on the bark of the red pine tree trunks. I called the three trees in the forward a little family with Momma, Poppa, and baby tree basking in the last rays of sunlight before nightfall.
I hope you have all enjoyed a wonderful Christmas and I wish you all good things for the New Year.
Peace, Joy and Love be with you.