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Landscapes 2005-07

Downriver, Thawing Out

Downriver, Thawing Out

  • Oil on linen
  • Cat. No. 2005.05
  • 61.0 x 76.2 cm (24 x 30 in)
  • Private Collection
  • Slide No. 26/26
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  • As a painting subject, gray winter trees don't usually make the Top Ten list for most painters. In this painting the real subject is the light, which sets the stage for a particular mood I have during midwinter thaws. Here the light beckons the viewer into the distance, downriver.
    The site was located almost a mile from the car. Walking out here loaded with painting gear over thin, cracking and slippery ice was a challenge. The river had earlier flooded it's banks, then frozen over. When the water retreated, it left wide sheets of ice suspended above the bare ground underneath.