Emerging Spring, pastel on pastelmat, 13.5 x 19.5, 2021 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Emerging Spring, Before the First Flowers

Emerging Spring, pastel on pastelmat, 13.5 x 19.5, 2021 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Emerging Spring, pastel on pastelmat, 13.5 x 19.5, 2021 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

A damp, chill and overcast day may not seem to present any amount of inspiration, but those are the days when the spring woods look like this, the heightened intensity of color emerging from dense shadows and mist among the trees have hidden magic.

A scene tucked away along my favorite trail, I’ve visualized this spring painting for probably all the 20 years I’ve been walking this trail. Carefully tiptoeing through the brush at the edge of the opposite bank each spring for years I leaned out, holding on to a sapling for balance, to see the suddenly brilliant mosses contrasting with the fading reddish leaf cover, the limestone cliff in all its details reflected in the water burbling around the bend below, deeper than usual for the spring thaws, trees clinging to the edge, the mist in the woods beyond. Even before it was finished, Emerging Spring was the featured artwork for my 2021 Seasons on the Panhandle Trail exhibit.

Emerging Spring detail woods.

Emerging Spring detail woods.

Photographs were difficult because of the brush growing along the bank I stood on, and I did my best to capture it each year from slightly different angles but knew a painting would be the only way to share this moment of awakening when, soon, all the trees would fill with shadows, the stream ripple and roar over the rocks and bird song fill the woods, all beginning at this moment.

Emerging Spring detail middle.

Emerging Spring detail middle.

Land, or water?

I debated classifying this as a landscape or a waterscape. There seems to be more land in this one so it’s a landscape, but I may also feature it with water because the water was instrumental in creating the scene. Why not?

Emerging Spring detail water.

Emerging Spring detail water.

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