Thursday, February 24, 2011

A Little Colder Today . . .

However the softness of the light was definitely more alluring today and made for some wonderful sensitive nuances within the colors and values. Gotta love a truly gray day, especially towards evening.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

And I thought Winter was over . . .

We lost a lot of snow last weekend and even though it is only February, I kind of thought we may have been somewhat done for the winter, foolish on my behalf, but actually I am relieved and delighted.
I can't say it enough about how beautiful this winter has been. I am absolutely enamored with the colors and subtleties I am seeing out there. Thank goodness it is only February in Wisconsin, another 3 months of winter still lies ahead. : )

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Follow ups

Still in need of some finishing strokes.
In the winter time it seems harder to finish up out on location, the whites, even with Permalba don't always do it for me. The weather has been great, even worried about how much snow we have lost, but I assume it'll be back.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Winter Scenes

There is really something about the subtleties of the winter grays here. I always strive to be more of a colorist, always being excited by good color, but also loving tonal scenes however always struggling to find good grays, but this winter we have had has been absolutely magical.
Hard not to think about the old guys that really did it right.
This morning I was moved by Aldro Hibbard and then Redfield jumped in my head this afternoon. Gotta love those guys.

Another Gorgeous Day!

Being inspired by Edward Redfield as well as Aldro Hibbard this winter, I hate to even say this but , I am really going to miss this gorgeous winter weather we are having! It is only mid February and we can still get more snow, but it feels like we are already moving into spring. Still some pieces to finish off in the studio and yet so hard not to head off outdoors where the fun is.
Every time I go either east or west I always ask myself this but maybe this is why I chose to live in Wisconsin.
Time to eat and get back out before all the snow melts.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Back at Ernies

Love this old set of barn buildings, has a nice Russian feel. We had a little sun here today for a change. I usually enjoy the subtle winter time grays but throwing in a little sun light was a nice change of pace. Been looking at some Aldro Hibbard images lately, no sign of it here in this piece but definitely in the back of my mind. With this warm up we are having, 40°, there may not be much more snow to be had. Hard to believe it is the middle of February.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Getting out before the coming cold

I have admit, I am really enjoying the colors and subtly of this winter we are having.
Lots of really beautiful stuff out there.
Some weeks have been too darn cold, paint actually freezes up, but overall it has been very comfortable.

Snow Flake Ski Jump, Westby WI

This is considered to be our turning point during the long winter months in the state of Wisconsin.
It's a great event that has happened every February for the last 88 years.
We load up the truck with firewood, clam chowder, chili, some sweets, of course some liquor to help keep you warm, and lots of sleds for the kiddies.
We spend the day eating and watching jumpers fly off the hill, going as far as 130 meters this year!
The kids are busy sledding the smaller hills, either on a sled or going it head first without one.
Of course they head back to camp drenched and most of the gear hangs close to the fire trying to get dry enough to be able to go back at it.
Beautiful weather this year.