Day Four of the Art Challenge, I selected snow scenes. Overall we have had a mild Winter. One has to have patience, dedication and rely on Mother Nature to take photographs of snow scenes. I have been knee deep in snow and out in single digital temperatures attempting to capture the beauty of snow. At times, it's not as easy as stepping out your front door and giving your camera a click. Have to admit, I would prefer to stay inside where it is warm and cozy drinking hot chocolate watching the snow fall from my window. But once in awhile it's fun to get out for a little while and play in the snow!
In The Thicket Of Winter is an acrylic painting from a photograph titled, Blue Stem Winter by Northwindimage. The pairing was in the 2014 Inspirations exhibit. I have coordinated the Inspirations exhibit for the past five years. Along with my photographs where I collaborated with artists, this year I decided to paint five paintings. Everyone who I talked to that viewed this painting and photograph together thought it turned out okay. Maybe they were being polite. I went ahead and entered this painting even though I am not 100% finished with it and that is why I have not signed it. If you have ever painted, you'll understand. You view your art differently than everyone else. Until you are satisfied with it, you will always look at it as incomplete. Eventually, I will finish this painting with my small paint brushes, until then I will enjoy it as it is.
This photograph is of the grainery on my husband's family farm in Northwestern Kansas where is Grandparents used to live. This photo was taken on March 23rd, 2013. It was featured in the 2014 First National Bank Calendar for the month of January and received first place. I walked around the farm that morning for awhile trying to find something of interest to take photos of. When I could not tell if I was actually holding the shutter button down any longer because I did not have feeling left in my fingers, I decided it was time to call it a day and go inside to warm up.
Snowy Creek is one of my favorite snowy scenes. I took this photo in December 2010 south of Breckenridge, CO along Highway 9. We pulled over so I could make my way down a drop off through the trees. At times, the snow was knee deep and every step I took, I wondered if I would end up in snow up to my chin. I eventually made my way down to the creek. I had to straddle a fallen tree and I was very close to the icy waters to get a capture at this angle. During this adventure, I apparently entertained my husband, I caught him taking photos of me while I camped by the creek and as I made my way back to the Jeep. Fun Times!