Edmonton has completely transitioned to winter and with that comes the stress and beauty of the cold. As I was working on my leaf painting tonight I was thinking about winter driving and how dangerous it can be. Roads can be icy, with low visibility or deep with snow. Accidents often happen in those conditions and I find myself thinking about death much more often in the winter. But, it's also a beautiful time with clear sparkling days, and bright, low angled sun shining in your face. And possibly my favourite thing: all the tracks in the snow. From rabbits, squirrels, birds, cats, dogs, coyotes, people, bikes, and skis. I absolutely adore seeing tracks in the snow as a reminder that life is all around, busy as ever.
My leaf painting is capturing a small glimpse in time. The leaves fell on the ground in October. I picked them up, and their colour starting changing even faster when I brought them inside. I quickly took a picture of them arranged together in a curated pile so that I would have something to paint in the winter that wasn't a "live" still life (because I can't have two still lifes set up and I need more than one painting to work on). So, I work on fall leaves captured by a camera as my mind if captured by winter thoughts.
I'm drinking a diet root beer with no caffeine in it. I am flying around the studio doing literally five things at once... Emailed some galleries, painting sides on most of my new paintings, working on my website, posting to my instagram, and painting a leaf on my multi leaf still life I started last week. This one's going to take me a couple weeks I think. It's because I'm only going to do one leaf at a time instead of working on the whole painting at once. I think the composition requires this kind of attention, and spanned out effort. I'm looking forward to it being done because the first block in layer already looks like a "hell yeah!" in my head. Also, my lower back hurts.