Sunday, January 31, 2010

mason dixon snowstorm


12"x12"
oil/canvas


I've had a hankerin' to do some snowy farm scenes but we haven't had the snow. When I heard the latest storm was just going to clip southern Pa. I decided to jump in the car with my camera and head to taneytown MD to gather a bunch of photos. I was questioning the decision when I got to Hanover PA. there were only flurries. No worries, 5 miles later I could barely see the road! Never got as far as Taneytown. I took a side road through some great farm country and just kept jumping out and clicking away. I was loving it and getting covered in snow. I started to realize I was most interested in the slight variations of dark mass against the very snowy background. Today I will start a series of triptychs addressing this. It would have been fun to paint out of the van but I think I would have gotten it stuck. This is the first single painting. Believe me, it was really coming down!!!

5 comments:

SamArtDog said...

Careful what you wish for, snowman! But glad you got your wish. A fun day in the snow and a nice monochromatic, mid-value scene with the air going sideways.

loriann said...

It was beautiful out there. This one really gets the feel of the quiet loneliness of the landscape.

brian eppley said...

Hey Sam,
So do you think I should abort my idea of tornado paintings? I really would like to do some. Perhaps the weather channel could supply images. I'm not opposed to travel.

brian eppley said...

Thanks Loriann, I knew you were in the heart of the storm. It was fun just getting to experience the edge of it!

SamArtDog said...

brian,
believe me, there is nothing plein air about tornadoes, but i guarantee you'll travel if you get out there and try to paint some!