November Snow, 2009
oil on canvas, 20" x 30"
The sun broke out on a November day at the Kalamazoo Nature Center. I was walking down along the creek and looked over my shoulder to see the hillside lit up behind me in a place that reflected in the water nicely. The many different browns made me start to mentally mix the paint, and the sun lighting the trees inspired me up to get this image down on canvas as soon as I could. I took many photos and made several notes finally chosing this view, with its long composition to highlight the small area lit up by this low afternoon sun.