I've spent the Thanksgiving break down with the flu- no turkey, no pies, no painting. I finally have a bit of energy today and so I thought I would return to some photos I took of the boats in Barnstable harbor a couple of weeks ago. It is nice to think of sunny days as ours get shorter and shorter.
This marsh is actually a continuation of the previous. It is a favorite place near Barnstable harbor. As the seasons change, the light and colors change from bright greens of spring and summer to golden and ten a bit flatter in tone as the skies gray and the snows come.
A nearby gallery put out a call for paintings with the theme of 'winter'. Their description was for ideas not only reflecting snowy scenes but perhaps darkness, struggle, etc. You get the idea. Well, I am not submitting but it did get me thinking. When we think of winter, perhaps we might just imagine 'snowbirds'. My sister is a snowbird, leaving the north country before November begins and returning when the snow melts. She has so much fun all winter with her southern friends. This would be a typical winter scene in Ft. Lauderdale and the other east Florida coastline towns. Winter- now there's a nice thought!
I found myself at home alone on a stormy Saturday night- perfect for painting. I've been thinking all week about working on some larger pieces again. The daunting thing about bigger work ifor me is subject matter- what is worth the extra space? This size-16x20- isn't even particularly large. But last night I thought ' why not'. And I like the result. It was quite freeing. I took a walk last weekend in the Minuteman Park in Concord, MA. Lots of nice trails and the leaves at peak. I think I have captured the joy of the day-sunlight and crisp temperatures and a lovely slow pace.
Tonight the clocks "fall back". In New England, that means a very early nightfall beginning tomorrow. I usually don't look forward to the start of the dark season and so am trying to anticipate how I can make the most of the quietness of the season. I'm thinking of doing a series of night paintings. Could be fun and it would be something new for me. Bring it on!