Approaching Spring

It is late in February and the winter weather we have experienced for the last few months is beginning to loosen its grip. 

Each year as spring unfolds I have gone into the woods behind the house and searched out a familiar patch of forest floor that is home to ferns and maple trees. Part of the beauty of this place is its closeness to home. The closeness to home makes return trips easy leaving more time to paint.

The changing forms revealed by returning sunlight and the melting snow create a quickening effect. Random patterns created by plants and litter on the forest floor create immediate subject matter for painting. Preparation of canvas has begun as buds begin to swell.