Oh the Beautiful Grays of Winter
There's an amazing thing that happens in a Midwest Winter. The color of the landscape becomes more and more muted until there's almost no color at all. That's when we can enjoy the beauty in the vast variety of grays: warm taupe y grays, cool blue grays, piercing midnight grays, and the most delicate soft, soft, misty off whites. Snow, wonderful snow, is a major contributor to this wide range of values and textures, as it falls quietly or in a blizzard, or blows across the prairie, rising as well as falling. Dead and dormant plant life, sunlight or the lack of it, and snow ---that's it!
Here are my snowy January paintings. I hope the subtle colors speak to you and that you have beautiful grays in your winter landscape as well.
"Oldfields from the Canal", 18" x 24", oil on linen canvas
The Eli Lilly family gave their estate known as Oldfields, with its many acres, stately trees and beautiful formal gardens, to the Indianapolis Museum of Art for the site of their modern, large, art museum. www.imamuseum.org Visitors are welcome to tour the mansion as well as all the gardens along with the modern art museum. This view of the mansion is from the back as it sits high above the canal that carries water from the White River to the Indianapolis Water Company in the center of the city. When you are in Indianapolis, the art museum and its grounds are a "must see".