Winter Find – charcoal drawing


“No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn” by Hal Borland

Who would have believed that old man winter returned with such gusto.  Here is too special finds that the old man leaves behind ~

Winter Find, a charcoal drawing (8×10) was done on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper.  I couldn’t let the season go without doing at least one drawing of the snowy stuff.  My goal was to keep it simple without too much detail – the quietness of the surroundings leaving the tree as the prize.

Hope everyone that’s caught in the winter blast stays warm today – Spring is only a week away!  Thanks for visiting ~

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Please don’t copy or use the image without receiving my permission first – see disclosure on the right panel.

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57 Responses to Winter Find – charcoal drawing

  1. beautiful, simple and poetic!
    we had no real winter in north italy and to find it my wife and me had to travel to north germany!
    robert

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Robert – snow can be a beautiful thing, especially after a snow fall. I’ve been out for a while and not had time to fully catch up with everyone’s blog . Hoping to be able to spend some time seeing what you guys have been up to. Thanks again for your lovely response to the snow drawing.

  2. Heartafire says:

    This is gorgeous Mary. You slipped from my email and reader…Wordpress…grr. I refollowed to be sure you will come back. Have a lovely day! Holly.

  3. How well I recall those early springs, when the peach and plum trees jumped to an early start – only to get bitten back by a late-season cold snap. i also remember one very heavy april snowstorm, long long ago when i was young…
    It’s been a long time since I’ve peered out at a snow-covered landscape… I think your rendering works quite well to remind me of the beauty, especially when the flowers of springtime follow.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you my friend and because you mention flowers – the wildflowers down in Ennis area already making a showing this year. About 1 1/2 weeks early, but will dazzle none-the-less. I’ve seen our first coreopolis peeking out, several rose buds waiting to burst open and columbines opening. So glad Spring is here ~ have a wonderful weekend Lisa!

  4. Beautiful tribute to this very special find and the ‘old man Winter’ farewell notes! 🙂 xx

  5. Jess says:

    To me it seems that spring will never come! Tons of snow where I am and I don’t see it stopping. But your lovely drawing made my day! A magical tree!

  6. Gallivanta says:

    Beautiful. From a distance I can really appreciate snow. 🙂

  7. The pall of snow so well depicted

  8. Another fine work
    Miss Mary

    very fine

    Stay warm over there

    Big hugs

    uncle john

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Uncle John for your generous comment. We’ll be in the high 70’s and possibly 80’s over the weekend, now that’s my kind of weather ~

  9. Harlon says:

    Between you and me, I’ve had enough of THIS WINTER, it’s been ridiculously grey and erratic but the recent snowstorm did remind me how pretty it can be. I think you captured that so elegantly and you helped me connect the dots. Thank you, Harlon

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Harlon – I enjoyed your description of the scene. I can understand how you all must feel with the continued snow, perhaps March 20th will really start Spring temps and put an end to winters blast for the year.

  10. debiriley says:

    lovely tree and snow Mary, stay Warm! 🙂

  11. This is the perfect post for today, Mary. Our 70 degree temperatures have been blown away by gusty winds and a hard freeze for the next three nights. It’s very sad for our local peach farmers.
    Your drawing it so beautiful…I can almost hear the silence of its surroundings. This would make lovely Christmas card. ❤

    • Mary says:

      Oh boy, that sounds too cold – freezing temps are the worst for fruit trees. Hopefully the damage won’t be too bad for the farmers, they are always at the mercy of mother nature. Thanks Jill, not a bad idea!

  12. cmartzloff says:

    I love the quote Mary and I’m inspired that you did a drawing to capture what’s probably the last snow for the season. Lovely work!

    • Mary says:

      Hi Catherine, thanks so much – time to think of Spring though don’t you think? Looking forward to seeing what was next on your easel! Good painting and hope you aren’t too cold.

  13. Beautiful capture Mary! Keep warm ☃⛄️

  14. Leya says:

    Ah, a winter dream!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Ann-Christine. I’m drawing an Autumn scene and if is taking on a feel of winter, so who knows just how this drawing will end up lol.

  15. You have captured perfectly the quiet coldness of snow……and yes we have heard about your storm on our news and so it must be of note. As always a beautifully rendered image. Keep warm….Janet 🙂

  16. Susan Feniak says:

    A beautiful scene. Spring will arrive. It always does. An excellent mantra for this winter. 😉

  17. Resa says:

    The tree is a fab prize!
    I am staying warm, but I’ve got cabin fever with this new winter surprise.
    Hope you are warm, too, and if winter persists …. please draw more snow! It looks amazing.

    • Mary says:

      Awesome Resa – thank you for enjoying the winter blast from TX! Actually woke to very cold temps here today, but quickly warmed right up. Stay warm, cause soon enough you’ll be out and about with winter gear!

  18. Really lovely snow scene, Mary. It looks cold but very inviting. 😍

  19. Amy says:

    The simplicity of this beautiful drawing speaks the tranquility of the snow scene. Well done, Mary! 🙂

  20. lulu says:

    I always love seeing your work and envy your talent. Today is a perfect day in Houston.

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Lulu, great to see you again. Same here in DFW – beautiful blue skies and mild temps in the high 50’s. We are very lucky, don’t you think?

  21. TBWhittArt says:

    Love thie artwork. Wish I had such gifted use of oil pastels.

  22. This is truly lovely. It would fit right in today in these blizzard conditions. 🙂

    • Mary says:

      I’ll bet – thank you Judy. The weather sounds atrocious, so glad I’m not in your neck of the woods right now. Warmer temps are on the way ~

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