In the midst of heavy snow and frigid temps, the church's steeple stands firm, as if ever proclaiming its invitation of peace. The quiet of the night's snowfall reminds me of that "still small voice.".
Ever since playing catch in the yard with Dad, I've loved the game. There is just something about the green grass, the crack of the bat and the "smack!" of the ball hitting the glove, the warm summer sun...beautiful. Of all the sports, nothing quite feels so perfect in the hand as a league ball. With a snug ballglove on the other hand, I'm ready for a round of catch with my mom or dad or friends.
Seeing this mitten in the snow, its owner most likely cozy at home, sipping hot cocoa, warming up before a toasty fire. The mitten speaks "childhood, innocence, goodness." We love the simplicity of childhood. That's what this painting is about. Enjoy.
I love old buildings for the stories they hold. These three chimneys have released the smoke and conversations from many seasons into the chilly night. I also love the color of sunlight, giving these old chimneys a beauty that is almost regal.
There is nothing like a new day, mercies anew. I love the sunlight coming over and wrapping its warmth around the chimneys, the juxtaposition of the brilliant morning sky with the buildings still in the night's shadow. *Earned "Best in Show" at 2015 Waterford Art Invitational!
There are many things that remind us of Christmas, such as delicious chocolates wrapped in gold foil boxes with their green and red ribbons. As exquisite as the outside may be, the real treasure is inside!
This is a small study of Henri Fantin-Latour painting. Fantin-Latour is known for his exquisite still-life paintings, but he painted beautiful portraits that had a wonderful sensitivity about them. Read more about Fantin-Latour.
I was teaching a plein air painting class one morning here in Berryville when I did this morning sun color study demonstration. The idea in Impressionist painting is to capture the sense of light, or better said, the sense of the time of day. My goal was to paint the bright, warm sunlight on the trees towering over the farmhouse. Studies like these lead to larger more finished works (and more costly, too!).
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I was hiking around our little town of Berryville (on the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia) and came across Grace Episcopal Church, founded in the early 1800's. From the shdadow of Grace, amongst the grave markers, you can see the back of the parish chapel. I love the play of sunlight and shadow.