Sunday, December 11, 2011

The S-Bend



Cold weather hasn't shown up much so far this year and virtually no snow except for one storm a few weeks ago, so its a bonus for painters who want to get outside to photograph or paint.  It also makes wetlands and woods more accessible, so I'm stocking up on images and sketches before the snow flies.

There are lots of bogs and wetlands around my property and when the vegetation dies back a little in winter, the bones of the landscape reveal themselves.  This little....I'm not quite sure what to call it - stream perhaps? - winds its way through the hummocks of fading grasses on its journey to the distant sea.  It comes from ground water in the distant hills, through the forest and on through the bog, filtering and giving life as it goes.

The field in the distance is ploughed and flecked with dried grasses and the sea is a tiny sliver of light on the horizon.

This is acrylic on an 8 x 10 inch canvas panel.

4 comments:

Ann said...

Beautiful! One of my favorite subjects too. I love that moody sky.

Jeanette said...

Thanks Ann. Landscapes aren't a common theme with me, but if I can slip a bit of water in, it helps. :)

vivien said...

very atmospheric and very much like the salt marshes in Norfolk, where I sometimes paint.

Jeanette said...

The wetlands are always a source of interest Vivien and much like the salt marshes. There usually isn't a broad flat vista but some areas do lend themselves to that, making it a harsh environment for any tree to live.