“Winter Was” gouache, casein and wood 2013 8″x11″ open

Image   A friend of mine had posted a photo of her husband walking their dog in a snowy wood.  I was quite taken with the image of the bare trees silhouetted against the snow but didn’t really give it a second thought until I saw Marina napping on the bed.  s previously discussed, she never ceases to inspire me.  It may be anachronistic but she is, and always has been, my muse.  The sheet reminded me of snow and then the trees, the finished piece formed in my mind immediately.  Putting the figure in the snow would just be silly and a bit too close to surrealism, a movement I was never particularly fond of, than I care to go.  I am particularly fond of the dynamic between the figure and ground in this piece.  I’d rather suggest dreams than illustrate them.

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