Monday, April 6, 2009

Strange new world

Art group sketch
acrylic on canvas
16 x 20 inches

First of all I want to note that I totally missed that a wonderful
painter from Austin Texas, Julie Davis gave me the Passion
for Painting award.
I saw my name on her blog several times. and it just didn't
register that she was giving me the award. Maybe I've had
my head in a snowbank. No... but I have been a bit snowed
under with marking. Sorry for all the snow
puns -- you probably have to be here to understand the need.

It's been a long time since I remember snow in April.
Way back in memory I remember one warm spring
when the leaves were fully out, the flowers were up,
and everyone was walking around in T-shirts and
sunbathing in parks. Wham! Down came winter with
her special snow slushies, and the whole picture
changed. People panicked because usually if it
does snow in April it disappears before you even
realize it happened. But this time there was lots of it,
and boy were people upset. A lot of people elected to
get a spring cold just to emphasize their disgust. There
was a run on Neocitran in the drug stores.

Today we had even more snow. This morning I had
to search for my inadequate picks for the bottom of
my boots because it was icy too. Steven put the snow
shovel away a couple of weeks ago, and had to get it
out again. North of Toronto the power was out, and
the roads were winter slippery. And at school
the trees and landscape looked way more like
Christmas than Easter. Pine trees were thick with
snow, the whole world was covered in six or seven
inches of the stuff.

This is another hasty sketch I did at my art group tonight.
This time I tried to do some wet in wet. I had
a bit less than hour. It was fun.

Have a through-heat-or-snow-we're-painting-so... day.


Laurel Daniel said...

I love the intense blues and greens next to her warm skintones. This is so loose and free... must have been a good night!

I can not believe it's snowing there. I won't tell you how warm it was here today. :)

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Laurel,

Thanks so much. It was a really good night. Maybe it's because I'm painting so much, and looking at everyone's great work in the blogland. I sometimes feel a clarity of vision I never used to feel before.

It is almost spring in Toronto now, the snow has vanished and all the tulips and daffodils are trying to come up. But north of the city there is thick snow on the fields.


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