There’s a feeling of winter in the air. The temperature is dropping. I just heard there's a forecast of snow. I see neighbours doing last-minute raking, closing their gardens and the warm hats and mitts coming out. The squirrels are hustling about everywhere too.
With remnants of fall colour clinging to bare branches and scattered along our walking trails and the forest floor, the first snowfall offers artists a special painting opportunity.
I came across a spot near Almonte several weeks ago before snow had arrived. It had all the markings of late fall in waiting. When the snow did appear, and I saw the sunlight filtering down through snow clouds, I knew I should head out with my paints. The location, along the side road that I had ear-marked earlier, was perfect with its mantel of new snow and I started in to paint. When I got back home I liked the feeling I felt, seeing it under proper lighting. So, after adjustments and some repainting , I signed it and called my painting Prelude.
Prelude 11x14 will be shown in the 10 Collective Show in Almonte in April 4 and 5, 2020.
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The Art of Charles Spratt