Winter paintings

Happy Easter!

River Through, 11 x 14 inches, oil on mounted canvas. Prints available.

This week I explored some ideas about winter, and what makes it beautiful. I did a few small color studies using different winter colors. Just the skies alone can be a bright deep cobalt blue like you see here, ultramarine, violet, orange, pink, grey or almost white. And that light permeates the whole scene.

Here are my two most successful paintings from the week. These two paintings are both about clear-skied, snow-covered winter days.

Tree Study, 8 x 8 inches, oil on canvas, sold


There are so many lovely things that only happen in the winter.

This week I’ve been thinking more about how to move the eye through a painting. Here are a couple little sketches. These are drawn with pencil. I have a big stack of these and a short stack of pen and colored pencil drawings.

This top page was exploring some ideas about how close objects in a painting are, and the difference between feeling like you’re out in the open versus being in the middle of things.

The other sketches are exploring ideas about either moving the eye along the horizon, through a painting or up into a painting. Some of my sketches felt stagnant and some very dynamic.


Here is a sampling of my winter paintings. I really love color. What do you think? 

Breakfast in a Spring Thaw, 30 x 40 inches.
Snow on the Hillside, 16 x 20 inches, sold
Good Conversation, 24 x 36 inches. Inquire.
Water Tower, SOLD.
Farm Rainbow, SOLD.
Main Street Grain Elevator, 30 x 40 inches. Prints available.
Downtown Brookings. SOLD.
The Blue Water Tower, SOLD.
Big Sioux River, SOLD
Black and White, 48 x 60 inches.
Hope, 48 x 60 inches.
The Bicycle, SOLD
Cold Noses, SOLD.
Orcas Island, 12 x 18 inches, oil on wood.
Pallet Knife Trees.

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