Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Every spring the beautiful Virginia bluebells arrive, forming a sumptuous stream of heavenly blue color along the banks of Cedar Creek. A native ephemeral plant, the bluebells' blue-green leaves appear first, followed by the graceful stalks of nodding bell-shaped blossoms. Walking down to the creek to view them is always an event. The flowers bloom and linger only for a short time then the whole plant dies down by early summer and completely disappears until the next spring.
Monday, April 20, 2009
This old oak tree stands sentinel at the corner of Pine Grove and Clary Roads near Oranda. Its tall trunk and outstretched limbs fill the landscape. An early spring moon is visible in the sky while late afternoon shadows reach across the road.
A painting of a cedar tree in a neighbor's yard. It was an early spring morning with frost on the ground. The sun was just coming up and sending long, cool blue shadows across the ground.
This past winter our neighbor set fire accidentally to the field by his house. A huge swath of winter-dried grasses was burned off leaving the ground completely blackened. Nearby cedars were singed and scorched. As spring approached, the lovely little green shoots of new grass appeared making a dramatic contrast.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Glowing with light from the early morning sun, a great bank of clouds floats over a snowy field. I think O'K sat with me during this one.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
This glorious Japanese maple tree caught my eye as it stood anchored in the sloping yard of an old home in town. I love the richness of the shadows it casts.
Sometimes paintings happen all on their own. It's a true mystery. This one began as a closeup view of a brick building with an American flag flying from the porch. The building didn't work but the colors did, composing themselves instead into this warm, vibrant landscape.