Christmas 2019

Okay – I am sorry to do the blogging equivalent of leaving the fairy lights up a week too long…

We took down the exhibition (see Prepping) on Sunday December 22nd. In some ways it was a relief, since thinking about and feeding the “beast” had been a time-consuming endeavor. But it had also been exciting, gratifying and gave a sense of purpose to painting – go on, I will admit it – I enjoyed having an audience! Mark’s wistful photo says it all!

I had noticed a tailing off of my own activity in the couple of weeks before closing the show and by the 23rd I was convinced I had “painter’s block”. Why bother if the destination is a cupboard?

Then, on Christmas Eve, the sun was out and it felt right and I think I did one of my better paintings of the year.

Clinton Corners, Trees, Christmas Eve Morning, 2019
Clinton Corners, Trees, Christmas Eve Morning, 2019

A great, optimistic way to end 2019, even if on so many other levels the new year did not seem so bright. Here is hoping that, in this little corner of my life, 2020 is positive and productive,  and in the bigger picture, much, much better than anticipated.

Painting - Christmas Day, Buttercup Audubon Preserve, PHOTO  - Mark Powell
Painting – Christmas Day, Buttercup Audubon Preserve, PHOTO – Mark Powell
Buttercup, Audubon Preserve, 3:00 pm, Christmas Day, 2019
Buttercup, Audubon Preserve, 3:00 pm, Christmas Day, 2019

 

 

Upton Lake - Frozen, Late Afternoon, December 28th, 2019
Upton Lake – Frozen, Late Afternoon, December 28th, 2019

 

12 Comments

      1. No that wasn’t me but I do love your Christmas Eve painting Mike and do hope you and Mark have a great 2020.
        However you do have someone else to thank!!!!

  1. What a beautiful picture – creating this was the perfect way to round off the year. I must also say that I love your red hat – it’s very jolly!

  2. The caption of you leaving the gallery at the end of the exhibition could be the last line of the classic children’s book Madeleine by Ludwig Bemelmans: “…and [he] turned out the light, and closed the door. And that’s all there is. There isn’t any more.”

  3. The light is gorgeous in the Christmas Eve painting. It’s been a joy following your work—exhibition and otherwise—here in 2019. Looking forward to more beautiful paintings in the new year!

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