Cottage in the Winter – acrylic painting


“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire:  it is the time for home.” – by Edith Stillwell

Several years ago a wonderful photographer at pmp, John Warren, took a beautiful photograph of a thatched-roof cottage during the summertime.  It is located in Selworthy England.  For me, this was quintessential England – perfect.  Only when I saw the image I saw the cottage surrounded by snow.  Edith Stillwell’s quote sums up my feeling about this special place ~ there is no place like the comfort of home.

Cottage in the Winter, an acrylic (11×14) painting was done on a gesso prepared hardboard using Golden and Liquitex brand acrylics.  I took some artistic license with the scene and added a few elements – snow (of course), a road, stairs for both the front and back entrances, and a distant lake.  For the most part the cottage is as John presented it to us through his lens.  This type of winter scene was a new undertaking for me, but I have to say it was a real joy to paint and express it as I saw in my mind’s eye.

Spring is almost here – enjoy the last of the wintry days.  Click onto the image to enlarge ~

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

 

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55 Responses to Cottage in the Winter – acrylic painting

  1. Jane Lurie says:

    Love the warm colors and inviting mood, Mary.

  2. Love the light from the windows and the pale sun. Great mood!
    robert

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Robert , I really appreciate hearing what appeals to you about this painting . Hope you are well, I look forward seeing your latest photographs .

  3. It’s always a joy to see your paintings.. i read the posts offline and have to wait til next time to see the image/loaded… oh my, it is a classic image for a christmas card greeting – one that the receivers would never toss into the trash, but savor every year when reunited with it! great work, amiga!

    • Mary says:

      You are so kind Lisa for your generous words and response to the painting , you know how to make my day . Thank you for always being present after this many years . Best wishes for a wonderful week ahead.

  4. restlessjo says:

    I read your comments to Ann-Christine. Good that you’ve found a peaceful resolution for Mum. Never an easy decision to make but sometimes it’s blessedly taken out of your hands. And your painting is a beautiful as ever, Mary 🙂 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Jo and you are 100% right – we are all doing better, the first time in a long time . I know you understand- thank you for taking the time to comment. And also for your encouraging feedback on the painting – means a lot .

  5. ladyfi says:

    What an utterly charming painting!

  6. Jet Eliot says:

    Exquisite painting, Mary, congratulations. You capture the peace and comfort of the winter cottage so beautifully here.

  7. Resa says:

    Your “Cottage in the Winter” says everything you want it to say. I adore it.
    It’s a neo-classic, and should be in a gallery. Well, many of your works should be!

  8. ĽAdelaide says:

    This is a lovely painting, Mary! Last I was here you were using pastels! Your use of paint is fabulous! xx

    • Mary says:

      What a wonderful surprise to see you Linda – often wondered how you have been. I’ll have to visit your website to see what you have been up too. Oh yes, can you believe it that I switched over to acrylics and I’m loving it. Still enjoy and like oil pastels, but this change has been welcomed – much to still learn. Thank you for your kind feedback on this painting. Take care my friend.

  9. Kathy LaCorte says:

    I just love this picture. I, too, would love to go there. Great work Mary!

  10. Leya says:

    I’d love to visit…sit by the warm fire in there…So beautiful, Mary!

    • Mary says:

      Wonderful to see you again Ann-Christine, thank you for your kind words on my latest painting. I loved your recent photography, it’s a joy whenever I pull up an image of yours. There is something magical that comes from your lens. Best wishes in 2019 – hope you all are well and Mom too.

      • Leya says:

        Always a treat to see you and your work, Mary! Best wishes for you as well – and thank you for mentioning mum. She is not that well, nothing else to expect. Hope you and your mother is OK!

        • Mary says:

          Thank you Ann-Christine – it’s been many years hasn’t it that we’ve been following each other. Where has the time gone. I understand about your Mum, same with mine. She is in a nursing home now with a staff who we couldn’t be more happy with – they are very good to her and we rest much better these days because of it.

  11. This painting is beautiful, Mary. You’ve created such warmth and charm, it is so lovely. So nice to see your work and that you are working with acrylics. I look forward to seeing more of your creations in 2019.

    • Mary says:

      It’s been so long, great to see you Janell – thanks so much for your visit and wonderful message. I’ve been bitten by acrylics and have really enjoyed the experience of painting with this medium. Back at you – best wishes for a very creative 2019. Looking forward to more of your work ~

      • Yes, it’s been a long time. 2018 was super busy for me with family, my daughter graduating from college, moving my parents, and surgery on my Achilles tendon. Things have hopefully settled down, and I plan to spend more time painting and getting back to blogging. It’s been great to follow your creative path on WP you have had an amazing journey so far. I’m hoping for lots of painting time for both of us in 2019!

        • Mary says:

          You really have had a busy year, I hope that 2019 settles a little for you. Exciting news about your daughter and I’ll bet a little nervous in watching start this next chapter in her life, as well as your parents. Achilles tendon is a tough surgery to have, hope you are on the mend and able to have mobility again. I have always loved your creativity, hope to also see more of your work. All the best ~

  12. What a beautiful winter scene, Mary. The cottage looks really warm and toasty. 😍

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Sylvia for your kind response to this painting – it gave me just the right challenges I was looking for. Glad you enjoyed the scene.

  13. dorannrule says:

    Wow! I am once again stunned by your huge talent.

    • Mary says:

      Great to see you Dorann and thank you for making this rainy day brighter. Thanks for your compliment and hope that your new family addition is enjoying her new life – being oh so spoiled!!

  14. What can one say – it’s beautiful. You take all the artistic license you want because your finished product would be coveted on anyone’s wall to admire day in and day out.

    • Mary says:

      You know how to get someone’s day started just right Judy. Thank you so much for your generous comment and compliment. You guys know all too well how cold the long winter days can be, but a little fire goes a long ways to bringing in some warmth. Glad you enjoyed the painting.

  15. Nawfal says:

    Mary, this is Beautiful Winter-themed Artwork! It almost could be a scene from some place in rural Nebraska (I’m originally from NE).

  16. The season captured in colour

  17. GP Cox says:

    I can imagine myself going down that street and passing this cottage, wondering what the family inside was doing.

  18. Your painting is absolutely gorgeous and the quote is perfect. Thanks for sharing your talent with us, Mary! I’m hoping spring is around the corner, but sadly, I think we’ve still got some cold days ahead.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Jill for your generous reaction – glad you enjoyed the quote as well, thought that Edith said it just right. Have a great day!!

  19. Gallivanta says:

    How warm and cosy you have made the cottage in that snowy landscape. Lovely. I hope 2019 will be a good year for you. 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Wonderful to see you Gallivanta – best wishes for peace and a healthy 2019. Saw that you guys were having quite the heat this summer. Thank you always for visiting and leaving such a nice comment – very much appreciated.

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