We are not used to snow here - at least not the kind that stays around - it usually quickly turns into a slushy mess that is just miserable. But on a day like today when the sun is shining from a blue sky with the temperature just below freezing and a 3 or 4" layer of snow that covers every tree branch, all the bushes and everything surrounding you, it is just beautiful. What a relief it is to see the sun for a few days and get out of the clammy wet and dark we have otherwise had so much of! I know that it will most certainly be short lived so I took my dog up to the local park this morning and we made the most of it.
The group of small paintings you see above have kept me busy for a few weeks and now I am finally quite happy with them. They are 8 x 8" each and I always find small works much more challenging and time consuming than larger ones - they should be faster and easier, but at least for me they are not - and unless I do several at the same time I have a terrible tendency to overwork them to death. Here they are at a very early stage:
It is not easy to see any similarities apart from the size, but that is my usual process: they will change and develop in often surprising ways and it can be hard to explain how they end up as they do; but that is what I find so fascinating and challenging: this sense of exploration and the surprise and satisfaction when I finally know that they are complete.
Sometimes I wish that I could do what so many other artists do: devise a plan so that you know what you want the finished piece to look like - and then follow it! I would find that impossible and extremely boring as well as be in a constant battle with myself so as not to change everything as I go along.
On the other hand it is just as well that we don't all work in the same way.