Leonardo da Vinci

Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art.

--Leonardo da Vinci

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Winter Solitude

Winter Solitude
One of the great aspects of the Pacific Northwest is snow. Not so much on the valley floor, but all around in the mountain ranges, foothills, and east of the Cascades does the magical wonder of snow, truly gain traction.
Snow, with its blanketing ability can take any scene, no matter how pretty or ugly, and totally transform it.
Being in snow, makes us think, makes us feel like a kid again. Snow is deep, moody, and inspiring.  It's almost as if life transcends.
Some of my personal favorite paintings are of snow scenes.
I knew I wanted to have at least a couple snow pieces in my show, and one of them is Winter Solitude.
And since Christmas is near, I thought this might be a good time to give you a preview and wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 


  1. Good morning Michael!
    I love "Winter Solitude" for many wonderful varied reasons! I also love what you wrote about snow.
    I am new to your wonderful blog! Your works are exciting, vibrant, and a pleasure to look at over and over again!
    I live in the Northeast and we are expecting our first snow tomorrow. I am very excited.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you also!
    Your newest art buddy,

    1. Thank you for your kind and heartfelt comments, Michael. I am glad you happened along my blog and are enjoying the work.
      Enjoy your first snow, i hope you get a chance to get out and paint it.
      Its great to meet you!

  2. I'm a bit late, but the painting is Winter Solitude. The sky is perfect. And You have captured the cold, the bleakness and the loneliness of the season. Melancholy is the mood--or quiet meditation.

    1. No worries Linda, so am i. Thank you for your kind words, i am so glad you like the piece.