Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Broken Trunk

Oil on board, 5" x 7"
$125 plus $6 shipping in U.S.
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Okay, back to the real world--the real world of eastern Oregon, anyway, which's still winter!

Although I might complain about the cold and wind as much as the next person, the truth is that deep down I do love this time of year. I love the way snow clarifies--re-inventing the landscape in starkly simple terms. And I love the colors of winter. People often think of the season as dreary and colorless, but a close look is rewarded with an often subtle but richly expressive orchestra of hues. Like the beautiful reddish browns and tans of an old fir trunk that has sloughed its bark. Or the steely blue-black glint of a purling stream not yet frozen over.

"Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces up, and snow is exhilarating; there is no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather."

~ John Ruskin


Sarah Sedwick Studio said...

This is beautiful. Knock on wood, we are having a very nice winter in the Willamette Valley so far. I'm glad you have lovely snow to paint, even if you are cold (stay warm)!

Richard Hunter said...

Hi Don,

A beautiful snow scene. So far, we haven't had much of a winter here with very little snow, warmer temperatures, and brown grass. I'm working on another Broken Top painting that I had hoped to finish by the end of January but, alas, it's not quite completed. Hopefully in the next few days.


Don Gray said...

Thanks, Sarah. It really hasn't been too harsh on the east side either.

Don Gray said...

Thanks, Rick. Not your average Montana winter, is it? Good luck with the new painting.