Painterly crawfish and a wooden spoon on a newspaper

The Boil

Some good friends gave me some crawfish from a boil that they had, so I’ve done what anyone would do. I’ve drawn and painted them. Such fascinating creatures, are they really just mini-lobsters? When they are cooked their color is so fantastic! This painting was a little bit of a struggle. I learned something. I started on it once and hated it and stopped. I took sandpaper to it, removed some of the original painting, and tried again. It reminded me that the battle and the process are more valuable and important than the result. Acrylic on pressed paper board, 8 by 10 inches.

South of Wooden Wheel Lodge

Joe’s sons showed me the trail south of the Wooden Wheel Lodge and left me there to paint my way back. It was a great day. Even though it sprinkled and then rained, the trees gave just enough protection. I could hear something out in the water, it sounded large, but I never saw it as I painted this piece. Gouache on watercolor paper, 4 by 6 inches.

Oil painting on board of warm dried thistles and weeds in a snowy cool landscape.

Of Easy Wind and Downy Flake

I wandered in the falling snow and saw this wonderful contrast of cool white and warm, dark thistles and weeds. It reminded me of Frost’s poem — a line of which I use as a title. It is a calm quiet encounter with nature that tempts us to pause even on the darkest evenings or busiest days. As I stood taking in the scene, I knew I needed to share it. Oil on gessoed board, 28 x 22 inches.