This landscape is a result of the same hike where I saw the crocuses from the last post. That day really felt spring-like from the views to the scents in the air. Since then we have had some significant snowfall and things are looking very different. No matter how beautiful it is, I am not in the mood to paint snowscapes though – it’s time for spring!
This painting is on linen and while I mostly paint on gessoed boards, I really like the feel of linen to paint on – smooth but a bit textured. The sky has an underlayer of pink which makes a nice glow.
Here is Tom’s poem for the painting and this dithering time of year!
beneath a sky that can’t decide
between cold winter and warm spring
deep silent ocean bays abide
encircled by a mountain ring
as wanderers enjoy the view
bedecked with ice and then with dew
as currents ripple over waters
rife with seals and also otters.
Mountain air is brisk and clean
as trees sway in the ocean breeze
bowing down while puddles freeze
and frost bedecks the winter scene.
Warm spring will be here soon enough
but in the meantime life is tough!
image (c) 2018 Hilary Farmer
poem (c) 2018 TJ Radcliffe