Thursday, January 10, 2013

January Snow (30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge: Day 9)

January Snow, Watercolor on Arches 140# Rough Paper, 7"h x 10"w, 2013 #11

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I was working on "Texas Blues" for a couple of days on and off and thought I'd finish it today -- but then I saw this blog post from my beloved friend Crystal about the 12 inch snow they got yesterday. I could not help but remembered what it was like when a good winter snow silently drifted in the darkness of the night, and the next morning when I opened the door, the back yard bushes are buried almost to their tip, and the landscape is transformed into a completely alien space. The new snow are always clean and fresh looking, like this giant white cotton sheet covering everything fast asleep underneath it. Occasionally a sapling could be spotted in the expansive white field , so lonely like the rigging of a little sail's boat in the vast ocean... Then I painted this one, "January Snow", instead.

I surely missed snow since moving to California...

Texas Blues, Watercolor on Ampersand Aquabord, 5"h x 5"w, WIP 1

As of "Texas Blues"... I promise I will finish it. Another day... There are still 21 days left for the challenge...

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  1. Hi Arena. I love the feelings and memories you are bringing into your paintings.

  2. Thank you Kathryn! One thing I love about landscape painting is that there is almost a story behind each one -- especially the one painted outdoors! I would like to try landscape much more this year -- diversify a little bit. You have a very diverse portfolio -- I would definitely like to expand mine too ^__^.

  3. I find snow scenes difficult but yours is so fresh even with no snow on the ground where you live!

  4. Hi Susan, thanks for the kind words -- I have lived in Indiana and battled snow with my foot for five years when studying as a graduate student in Purdue University, and those bitter sweet memories are likely going to accompany me for many years to come... I remembered so vividly how I dug out a path from the doorway of the old house I rented to the main street after a huge snow storm, and walking in knee deep snow on campus trying to short cut the route from one class to another... Haha, now that it's all remote memories, I can say I loved every minute of it, but back then... Mmm, it is bitter sweet indeed...


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