Winter, Fading Into Sunset


Winter, pastel, 12 x 24, 1998 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Winter is represented by the frozen hillsides of a farm drifted with snow and reflecting the colors of a winter sunset. The quiet, stillness and subtle color, the snow drifted up against the fencelines in the distance and caught on the clumps of flattened grasses and brush in the fields, the flat sky reflecting the glow of the sun now gone, are all visions that I associate with winter. Even when you don’t see the wind pushing and drifting the snow, you can see the effect in the drift as it is shaped and carved by an unseen hand, and other areas, scoured clean of all but a dusting and left to freeze.

This photograph was taken by a friend of mine who lives on this (at that time) working dairy farm that I visited when I began painting en plein air. I found this brittle, still sunset absolutely beautiful, the quiet of the empty fields and big open sky, the sound of the wind, the sky gently fading to violet and the windrows and fences marking off the edges of the fields, like a quilt, each angle catching a different shade of fading light.



When I look at this painting, I hear my Windham Hill recordings of Winter Solstice I and II, if you’re familiar with those new age recordings from the 1980s.

Winter is one of a quartet of paintings, “The Four Seasons”, commissioned to fit a special handmade frame. Click here to read more about this painting and about the creation of “The Four Seasons”.

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