Winter Woods

Frequent hikes deep in the woods are paying off in inspiration.

A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.  Henry David Thoreau

This piece is a large 5 ft. by 4 ft. acrylic on canvas.  I call it “The Woods in Winter”.  While on one of my hikes last month, a sudden snow flurry hit.  Bonus!  I took a photo.  The painting developed shortly thereafter…..

Inspiration photo:


Beauty and the Beast

For exercise, I take regular hikes through woody areas, some with paved paths; some are nothing more than deer trails.  Like many of us, I always have the ability to take an amateur picture… should I happen upon something that peaks my interest.

This is a case of strange beauty.  The rainbow effect spotted in the puddle of muddy water appeared to be oily.  I was disgusted by the idea of it and awed by its beauty all at once.  I will go back to the spot in the near future to determine the stuffs constitution.  It is my hope that the oily rainbow is an algae or some other natural phenomenon…..