Work has been very slow as usual in January and now that I’ve shipped my father back home I found some time to get out and do some painting. Actually six this week. I was hitting in stride until yesterday when I worked on a foggy view of the horse farm near my house on Wesley Chapel—this I left out.
This week we had a huge snowstorm here in Atlanta and the ensuing mess made a joke of Atlanta and Georgia governments. I’ve never seen anything like it…well, not since the last time it snowed here. Seriously, this was much worse and some folks spent days getting home. I was safe and sound in the basement as usual but after seeing so many snow scenes from folks around the web I decided to try my hand at a few. Snow Emergency (right) is a view from my studio window across the creek. I started it Monday afternoon and finished early the next day. After the big storm was over I decided to do a view of the creek in our subdivision. This is a view I’ve done before but with some snow, it became all new. This is a big painting for me at 18 x 24 and all Plein air. Snow Day (top pic) is the name —I enjoyed painting it and I think it looks that way.
Later last week I got over to a small Roswell park underneath Hwy 400 for a few paintings. A few weeks back I discovered this spot and thought that the great abstract qualities were painting worthy. The 12 x 24 Bridge thaws before roadway exploits this best with a very marked contrast between the light under and outside the bridge. Still a little snow in this too. I did the smaller 9 x 12 Under 400 early Saturday morning.
Later that afternoon I worked on a large 18 x 24 view of Barrington Hall in Roswell. Anyone who knows my interests will not be surprised by this view of a typical Southern plantation home. I love this type of house and there are three here in Roswell. I was pleased with this because I found a solution to painting the columns—just one firm stroke down. The late afternoon lite works well here too. You would have to get over in the early morning to get some light on this house, it’s set up almost directly east-west.