Tag Archives: snow

Jays are Jammin’ the Blues

When a bunch of blue jays get together, you know it. This one particular section of the mulberry tree in my backyard is a favorite place for jam sessions. I saw this group in the bare branches, noising it out like a random atonal brass quintet, and went to get my pastels and paper to […]

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Avoiding the Photographer, Not So Cleverly Hidden

I welcomed 2022 with a new painting, “Avoiding the Photographer”. The girls—two does from the small herd that lives in our back yards—were hiding behind my scruffy little hemlock while I was hovering around in the snow in the back yard trying to get their photo on a snowy, sunny morning the previous February. It’s […]

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Curving Tracks Etched in the Snow

We have just enough snow that the landscape is changed to nearly black and white, clear contrasts and every little branch with its tiny frosting of snow. Driving errands today I loved the look and remembered this sketch. The graceful curve of the tracks in any season, because I admire it all the time, is […]

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Morning Snow 1 and 2, a Backyard View

These two pastel are each 8″ x 8″, each of them views from my windows of early morning snow, just after sunrise when there’s a lot of color in the light. The very snowy winter of 1993 provided an abundance of photos—on film, remember—and these two scenes were memorable for their colors and patterns. I […]

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Creek Study in Snow

I call this “my private beach” along Chartiers Creek in Carnegie. You can’t keep me away from water, not even in winter. When the creek is low, this area is above water level, ranging from a few inches to several feet wide, right at a bend in the creek. The opposite bank is a steep […]

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Snowbird, Winter Wild Bird Pastel

There’s a bird, and there’s snow, and this also happens to be a “snowbird”, or a dark-eyed junco, clinging to a forsythia branch in my backyard. Their small rounded shape with white bellies have always looked to me as if they were dipped into paint. “Snowbird” is one of a set of four paintings of […]

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Frosty Morning, Just Before Sunrise

It looks like this out there this morning. The coldest, frostiest mornings always seem to come in January, right after all the warmth and color of the holiday season. I painted this in January 2012, standing at my bathroom window overlooking the back yard, the streets below me down to Main Street, and the hill […]

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Avoiding the Photographer, Not So Cleverly Hidden

I welcomed 2022 with a new painting, “Avoiding the Photographer”. The girls—two does from the small herd that lives in our back yards—were hiding behind my scruffy little hemlock while I was hovering around in the snow in the back yard trying to get their photo on a snowy, sunny morning the previous February. It’s […]

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Unnamed Tributary, en plein air

On a quiet sunny winter afternoon this little unnamed tributary surely had a lot to say, babbling along over rocks and shelves of slate and limestone on its way to Scrubgrass Creek a distance away. Off in the woods on January 12, 2012, I stood in the snow and painted a little pastel sketch as […]

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March Nature Desktop Calendar: Blue and Yellow

It’s an interesting coincidence that I titled the reference photo I used for this painting “Blue and Yellow” back in 2006. It was all about those two color complements, the warm sunny yellow forsythia and the cool deep blue of the Blue Willow pattern. I remember thinking at that time that the title was another […]

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