When I am having trouble deciding on "what" to paint, I tend to just place random objects on my set up. This was one of those days. I always take it as a sign. It's time to make a grocery run for still life supplies!
This is the second painting in my "Promise of Spring" series. I'm drawn to the starkness of winter, and these paintings seem to reflect the quiet light of the season. In this painting, a branch of pussy willow brings the outdoors inside for a bit of sunlight and warmth.
I almost never re-work a painting. I prefer to just think of them as moments in my day, and I tend to embrace their many imperfections. I couldn't leave this one alone, though. I'm not sure that it can be considered any better, but the strong horizontal line of the cup isn't bugging me now.
Painting with snow falling outside = pure bliss. Such beautiful light streaming through my ice-frosted windows today. I could have painted forever. I realize this is not a popular opinion, but I love winter.
I hope you're having a cozy and relaxing Sunday. Stay warm!
When it snows, I always make chocolate chip cookies for my husband. They are one of his favorite treats. He works outside in the cold all day and deserves spoiling. He prefers hot chocolate, but I used a little artistic license here.