In the Cold, In the North

The end of 2019 is here, the Christmas season is winding down, and 2020 approaches.  I have not done much painting in weeks except for a gouache for my SIL as a present . . . I thought a simple watercolor would be a good place to begin a return to painting.

Interestingly, when I have not painted for awhile, I don’t get caught up in the same issues I do when I paint a lot.  Why is this?  I think it is because I am doing it for the simple pleasure of a watercolor – not to accomplish a goal or something.  Hopefully this element of innocence can be called upon for future works.

Have a wonderful New Year 2020 everyone!

Come Winter

It’s chilly here with rains to begin at midnight.  Snow is on the mountains outside the valleys around me.  I miss the smell of a winter of snow and pine, in the eastern woods, Rockies, high desert.  This is a simple morning sketch, iron gall ink, a water brush, some watercolor to recall the wonder of a mountain winter.