The First Snow

"The First Snow" oil on panel 48x25"

As the gravel road leaves Highway 61 heading over the creeks and through the woods to grandmama’s house almost three miles up the hill and around the curves, on this first snowy October day I was struck by a painting impatient to be accomplished, the Paynes gray tire tracks, the same color sky tinted with titanium white, but still darker than the fresh, bright, zink-white snow contrasting starkly against the Prussian blue mixed with a touch of Viridian spruce trees and the rumpled and swirled yellow-ochre grass, and at last the grand finale: a Diamond Willow Tree whose wet branches looked cadmium orange straight from the tube.  All of these elements conspired together and cried out,  “This moment wishes to be captured”.

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