Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Northland Winter

Lutheran Church. 9x12 in., oil on panel.
$400 - click here to purchase.


It's been persistently cold in northeast Minnesota compared to what I'm used to, but I've been trying to get out and paint nonetheless. I've had to rethink some of my gear: my LL Bean snow boots + wool socks gave me a few frostbite scares (imagine coming home after working for a few hours and not being able to feel your toes for several more hours). So I bought some Trans-Alaska III (Herman Munster) snow boots from Cabela's that put several inches of insulation between my feet and the ground. Then a pair of wool long underwear, wool socks, a sweater, fleece jacket, coat, jeans, snowboarding pants, an acrylic hunting hat, and a few chemical handwarmers, all of which allow me a few hours of relative comfort while I'm out painting.

Nonetheless I've enjoyed painting snow, especially the few days we've had with the sun out. Most days this winter have been overcast but the sunlight makes for the most interesting paintings, since the sun plays over the snow and makes all kinds of prismatic variations that are lovely to try and paint.

Below are a few paintings from November-ish through February.
Snowy Road. 9x12 in., oil on panel.
$400 - click here to purchase.

Thawing Snow. 9x12 in., oil on panel.
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Twin Ports Harbor, Frozen. 9x12 in., oil on panel.
$400 - click here to purchase.
Twin Ponds Tree. 9x12 in., oil on panel.
$400 - click here to purchase.