This one was painted on the last Saturday of the year, as the winter wonderland was quickly melting.
Behind Bacon Street in Le Roy, New York, an umbrella plus no wind facilitated this painting to be made, with a steady fall of large fluffy flakes.
Spring can be an enjoyable time of year to paint outdoors, with a wide variety of conditions. Early spring, of course, can look like winter, and as the world wakes up from its winter nap, it changes noticeably from week to week.
Study with Zorn's Palette
This 8x10 was a study to paint with the limited palette of Anders Zorn. Using only ivory black, white, yellow ochre, and red was a challenge, and a good exercise in the importance of establishing values.
Better Days Behind
8x10 Many painting days in Wester New York present an old barn as the subject. This one, like many others from the 19th and 20th centuries, has fallen into a state of disrepair, and will probably fall down before it's taken down. Light as seen through a building always catches my eye, and this warm spring day presented an opportunity to render the holes and also the contrast of highlights over shadows.
April on the Tonawanda
5x7 A blustery day in April seems like a good one to paint small, and after lots of rain, the water was briskly moving.
Veils of Spring
18x24 A fine late April day on Dorman Road in the town of Alexander was a good one to paint a big one. The willows took the lead on leaving.