Winter Light – acrylic painting

“Winter, a lingering season, is a time to gather golden moments, embark upon a sentimental journey, and enjoy every idle hour.”  – by John Boswell

John’s words give us many reasons to enjoy the moment of the season, too soon it passes and the chores of Spring come knocking on the door.  Winter gives us a little time to sit and enjoy the quiet, or think about and plan for what’s ahead ~

Winter Light, an acrylic painting (14×11) was done on a gessoed hardboard using Liquitex and Golden acrylic brands.  Many layers of paint were layed down with this piece as I worked from deep within the background to the forefront of the scene.  I had a lot of fun developing the character of each tree with patterned bark, not to mention working out the sides of the pathway.  It was just a great painting exercise to do.  The scene reminded me of the street we lived on back in Maine – when the towering pines were all covered in snow.  Aw, now I’m homesick ~

I’ve stressed my painting arm and have to give it a rest.  Hopefully I will be able to paint again next week.  Thank you for visiting – click onto the image for a larger view.

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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51 Responses to Winter Light – acrylic painting

  1. JSM says:

    It is beautiful…you always inspire me to pick up my paint brushes more often.

  2. I love all the details in the trees. No wonder you wore out your painting arm! 😉

  3. Beautiful scene, my dear Mary and love the rays coming out of the trees! Take care of your arm… even they need some pampering too! 😉

    • Mary says:

      Hello my dear friend. Sorry I have not responded sooner still nursing the arm. Appreciate your kind and encouraging comments – always love hearing from you . Hope you are well.

  4. With your artistic skills, you are able to capture the very best that Mother Nature has to offer. This is truly lovely.

  5. Nice painting, it always fascinates me how the sun shines through the trees in the evening in Late December with the low winter sun.

  6. Resa says:

    No wonder your arm is sore; painting all that bark detail! Well, it was worth it, as the painting looks fabulous. Much better to look at your painting, and imagine being there, than to dress up and go for a walk in it. I’m such a winter sissy! Love this, Mary, and may your arm get well soon!

    • Mary says:

      You crack me up Resa – you a “winter Sissy” when you live in Canada! Thank you as always for always being present and feeling my work – means the world to me. I agree with you, I’d rather have the heat over ice and cold any day.

  7. cmartzloff says:

    So beautiful Mary. I’m amazed at the texture and detail. It’s inspiring to look at!

    • Mary says:

      Hi Catherine – great to see you. Thanks so much for your thoughts on this piece. It was a great scene to work on, between the light and detailing – lots of fun. Looking forward to going over to your blog to see your latest.

  8. Leah J Smith says:

    This is just beautiful Mary!

  9. Clanmother says:

    I have been thinking a great deal about light these past winter weeks. There are so many variations of “light” depending upon the season, but also on the time of day, from sunrise to the bright mid-day to the mellow afternoon and finally the gentle refrain on sunset. Unless, of course, rain decides a different course, which creates another spectrum. We live in a world that offers many “light” experiences. Hope your arm heals.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Clanmother. You are right about light, all holds that special appeal – like a secret sauce. Very cool, I enjoyed reading your thoughts on lights. Hope the arm/neck heals before too long – a real bummer.

  10. dorannrule says:

    It’s the way you have let the light beam through the treetops to lend an ethereal feeling to a quiet forest scene. A lovely painting Mary.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Dorann for your beautiful read on this piece – always love receiving your thoughts on my work. Have a wonderful week ahead and hope that the high winds your way didn’t wreck too much havoc to your place.

  11. Beautiful. You could have painted the trail to my cabin. I love the play of light through the trees.

  12. Such wonderful detail, Mary Love the light streaming through the trees. The bark detail and the crunchy-looking snow are lovely too. 🙂 Hope your arm soon recovers. xx

  13. Gallivanta says:

    Beautiful, and what amazing work you have done with the bark on each tree.

  14. Beautifully rendered. Hope your arm is better soon

  15. Wow! You did an amazing job, Mary. This is absolutely stunning. Thanks so much for sharing and take care of that arm! I apologize I haven’t responded to your email…it’s been hectic lately. I’ll write soon!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Jill for your generous feedback , means a lot . Don’t worry about it, your plate is very full these days . It’s taking a while , but the arm will heal – eventually . Have a great week.

  16. So nice, so good! You managed very well to express the feeling we have during a walk in the snow with the sun filtering among the trees. I can feel the cold, the emotion, the silence in the nature…great painting!

  17. Leya says:

    Well put by Boswell, and a lovely painting, Mary! This is where I walk every day…or at least it makes me recognize my Swedish forest some weeks ago. Or is it Maine? Great work!

  18. Love how the light shines through the trees, I’ve been trying to do that on my efforts too 🌹

  19. Such a beautiful painting, as we in the UK are celebrating the early arrival of spring. You have captured perfectly a beautiful winter moment. Janet x

    • Mary says:

      So good to see you Janet . thank you so much for nice comment. Spring is just about here, looking forward to warmer temps. Hope you are well. Did you already hold your class?

      • My first class in Portugal begins on the 17th April….I am looking forward to it. Then I will be in Brittany France for the month of May painting and working with some others – and i recently found out will be at a wedding in Georgia in mid June….which is lovely. Enjoy the onset of spring. Janet 🙂

        • Mary says:

          What a great season of painting and traveling you have coming up. Both Portugal and Brittany will be beautiful environments for inspiration . A wedding in Georgia will be gorgeous, and just before the oppressive heat takes over. All sounds perfect.

  20. restlessjo says:

    The light through the trees is great! 🙂 🙂 Hope you have warmer weather to rest up in, and get that arm better. Take care, Mary!

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