in the bleak midwinter

Despite being far removed from the festive feelings of years past, I have still managed to appreciate the beauty of this season.

Whilst in Maine this past week, I had hoped to be able to get out and paint some of the gorgeous winter scenes; however, the remarkably cold temperatures and an impressive amount of snowfall prevented any such attempts.

So instead of sharing a new painting, I thought I’d share a piece I painted two years ago for a (still in progress) series of reproductions of Andrew Wyeth’s watercolors.

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Wyeth study one (c) Molly Wunderli

Wyeth’s minimal palette creates such moving, striking atmospheres for his work. His scenes are bleak, haunting, isolated, and yet, they invite us to stare deeper, longer, sussing out all the remarkable details contained within them. The above is a study of The Granary, painted by Wyeth in 1961. Below are details of the study:

(Click the images to enlarge.)

 

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