Wednesday, April 11, 2012

LATE FALL EVENING

In the nearby reserve, this particular view across a small valley is a favorite of mine. From the top of the hill looking in a westward direction, one can see miles across the varied landscape. Most of the open fields are behind me while more smaller areas of grass and shrub run down to the river and beyond. Tall trees on the right shelter a disused farmhouse while both lakes are in view from up here. On my right is a small white pine forest that gives way to larger oaks and sycamores and a smaller line of pines makes an effective wind break on my left. It is a wonderful place to sit and while away the hours observing wildlife, the clouds and in this case, a colorful sunset. I have painted here often and never seem to tire of the many and varied views through the seasons and feel privileged for having the opportunity to do so. This study in oil is a 9" X 12".

6 comments:

john said...

Excellent work, like always. Are you aware of the newly reformed version of the old, Arts for the Parks contest? It has a new name. I'll give you the link if you are interested.

Peter Brown said...

I love these evening scenes of yours Jeremy!

Sweeping mountain vistas have their place of course but, like you, I derive a lot of pleasure from fairly unremarkable bushland reserves close to home. Perhaps it's familiarity, or the fact that as we grow older, the subtleties and nuances of our local, less spectacular landscapes are more easily appreciated.

John said...

It takes your talent and application to make a memorable picture out of what some might think was a unexceptional view. Nice one !

Jeremy Pearse said...

John I would be happy have the link - thanks. You can send it to jeremypearse(at)gmail(dot)com. I had thought of entering the contest a few times over the years but have never got my act together (or the right painting).

Jeremy Pearse said...

Peter, thank you! In your comments you have put into words and echoed my thoughts in a much better way than I was able to!

Jeremy Pearse said...

Thanks John, I like the idea of taking a vista somewhat ordinary and making something else out of it - hopefully creating art in the process. I do struggle with this approach though but I suppose that it what it is all about!