The January thaw

The Thaw

I'm posting something different today... something that requires quite a bit of courage. I'm posting a watercolor landscape painting. I haven't painted a landscape in watercolor for a very long time... probably over a decade (if not more).

After I wrote my last post, I felt this urge to paint. It was the kind of urge that drives from a place deep inside like something needing a way to get out. That urge doesn't come very often. For many years it didn't come at all, and I never thought it would again. But a couple of days ago it did.

I taped up the watercolor paper onto my painting board, pulled out the paints and parked in front of the easel. I just started putting water and paint on the paper without any idea of what it would become or what I was painting. I was thinking I'd probably end up with a texture I could use for my Photoshop work.

I was way off.

In the end, I found myself with a landscape painting of the January thaw that often happened in the Rockies when I was small. For a brief time almost every January, the sun would come out, the temperature would rise and some of the snow would melt. It would be a brief respite before more snow would begin to fall again.

The painting really isn't that good, but I painted a landscape and that's a very good thing!
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  1. I viewed this post on my iPhone and it took a few seconds to load the image. As I watched the sky and finally the mountains and trees appear I was totally captivated. I LOVE IT. I love the texture of the winter sky and the pointy conifers! Stunning. I'd love to have it on my wall !
    Hugs and love

  2. Cindy, I totally get that....the feeling, the trees the urge to communicate something through your paintbrush.

    What a wonderful painting, and I especially love the part where my eye is drawn down into the trees, and they have such depth.

    I would like to see more!

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

  3. It's lovely. I've been having a similar urge to draw.

  4. I think your painting looks beautiful, Cindy! What beautiful soft, yet vibrant. I love art too and I've found that when I've been away from it for awhile it takes some time to get back into the groove of things :)


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