Fleeting beauty

Posting paintings this week feels a little pointless. It has been dark, horrifying, infuriating. But ultimately, it is a profoundly sad moment.

These three paintings – two executed at sunset late Saturday afternoon, and the third painted as snow began to melt from the tree branches early Monday morning – tackle momentary effects. The subject matter’s beauty is bound inextricably to its transience. I often talk myself out of even trying to capture such moments since frustration seems guaranteed. However, I am usually glad I tried. Defeatism is never rewarding – a simple truth that seems particularly important right now.

Sunset, Pumpkin Lane, 5:00 pm, January 2nd, 2021
Pumpkin Lane, 4:40 pm, Sunset, January 2nd, 2021

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Snow on the Trees, Early Morning, Upton Lake, January 4th, 2021

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  1. I was just watching and reading about the criminal events in Washington and getting more and more angry when your blog appeared on Facebook.
    These wonderful images have calmed me down and reminded me of the beauty of nature.
    Thanks Mike x

  2. Hi Michael,
    Just watching an intensely dramatic sunset over the Lake District fells from my window, whilst watching the disturbing news from America and then your lovely paintings arrived and give hope .I am recovering from a bad reaction to 2nd dose of vaccine

  3. Thank you for giving us something beautiful and soothing and peaceful to look at. Tonic for these explosive and sinister days.

Please let me know what you think!