Friday, April 24, 2009

The chocolate road


There is a little path on the road to my house that leads off to a marsh. Because the area is wet, it often fills with water, especially after rain or melting snow in spring.

I always look up this road as I pass it just in case a moose is waiting to jump out at me, but often to check how much water is there and see the reflections in it. As I passed it the other day, obviously some ATVs had been through the road, likely hauling wood out and had stirred up the already muddy lane. It reminded me of a path of melted chocolate and I decided I'd like to paint it.

I painted this road last summer when it was fresh and green. Now in early spring, there isn't much green to be seen except for spruce or pine trees. There are tinges of reds and purples in the bare branches of dogwood and alder fading into the distance.

I started this piece tonight on a 6 x 12 gallery canvas and hope to finish it tomorrow.

7 comments:

Robyn said...

Lovely, Jeanette. Beautiful composition. You could paint this road in endless moods.

vivien said...

the colour, light, composition - and chocolate mud are beautifully done - one of your best I think :>)

Jeanette said...

Its nothing more than a cowpath, but it always appeals to me Robyn.

Thanks Vivien. I like how its coming together. Getting the muddy water just right is a challenge, then all those trees...

Gina Cuff said...

So peaceful Jeanette! It looks quite lovely where you live.

Terry Banderas said...

Nicely done, Jeanette.

tracywall said...

Love the feel of the atmosphere on this one.

Jeanette said...

Gina, I have the best of both worlds. I'm isolated out in the country, but only 15 minutes drive from the city.

Thanks Terry.

It does have that feel to it light I think Tracy. The sort of light before a storm.