January 4th, 2020

The weather has been positively schizophrenic. Last weekend the temperature was close to 70 degrees – warm enough to eat outside. Right now, as I type this, it is a chilly 23 degrees (-5 C) and snowing.
January 4th was cold and wet, wet, wet. It rained all day; a fine mist of moisture, more like winter in Scotland – Mark would uncharitably say summer! The lake remained frozen but had strange, inexplicable patterns of light and dark.

MG painting, January 4th, 2019 - PHOTO: Mark Powell
MG painting, January 4th, 2019 – PHOTO: Mark Powell

I deployed the umbrella Mark had given me at Christmas, which is actually intended to protect my sun-hating skin from burning, to stay dry.  (I apparently lost my neck in the process..!)

I mainly worked in oil on paper but did the last painting (#4) on canvas. By that point the mist was blurring everything and the picture feels vague and unresolved. I have looked at it every weekend since. I am not sure it will survive.

Upton Lake - rain, frozen, January 4th, 2020
Upton Lake – rain, frozen, (1 of 4) January 4th, 2020
Upton Lake - rain, lake partially frozen, January 4th, 2020
Upton Lake – rain, frozen, (2 of 4) January 4th, 2020
Upton Lake - rain, lake partially frozen, January 4th, 2020
Upton Lake – rain, frozen, (3 of 4) January 4th, 2020
Upton Lake - rain, frozen, January 4th, 2020
Upton Lake – rain, frozen, (4 of 4) January 4th, 2020

Mark’s photos, as always, tell the real story, and I confess to frequently thinking, “Now that’s what I should have painted!”

Upton Lake, frozen, rain, January 4th, 2019 - PHOTO: Mark Powell
Upton Lake, frozen, rain, January 4th, 2019 – PHOTO: Mark Powell

10 Comments

  1. All four paintings are beautiful and although you say #4 is unresolved, I like it as it is – slightly mysterious with hints of what’s hidden by the mist.

  2. These are marvelous! You keep getting better (if such a thing were possible). And so does your subject, who seems very content to be observed….

  3. Number 2 is my favourite, but number 4 makes me want to put on my fenrunners!
    A large surface of frozen water, you captured it very well.
    Makes me realise how much we miss skating here in the Netherlands!
    Thank you Mike!

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