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Snow Falling on Bur Oaks

Joyce's snowAbout a year ago, a friend asked me to paint this. She wanted to capture that moment when you are out in the field and suddenly the air changes, and big fat snowflakes begin to fall, transforming the scene with magic.

This year she’s asked me to paint two smaller ones to flank this, creating a triptych. I’ve been working on this for some weeks and can tentatively post the first one here:

Joyce's snow 2As I look at them together I’m seeing things I want to change. Back to the easel!

32 thoughts on “Snow Falling on Bur Oaks

  1. They both look perfect to me – great job! 🙂

    1. Hey Liz~ thank you! You are so kind.

  2. Wow t​hat is incredible!!! Very beautiful!

    1. You are so kind, Lily! Thank you!

  3. Oh Melissa, these are beautiful. I think it’s definitely shot up to #1 favorite of your paintings.

    1. Thank you so much, Gunta! That means so much to me.

  4. It seems you are capturing the moment. Well done.

    1. Thanks Jim. Let’s hope my friend thinks so, when she sees the new installments.

  5. Magical moment well captured!

    1. Thank you Eliza 🙂

  6. I’m sure you will easelly sort out what you want. They capture the spirit of the commission perfectly to me but I suspect it’s a bit like writing sometimes – you know what you want to say but can’t quite find the precise words.

    1. You’re right. When I posted it I thought it was finished. Only when I saw it on the screen did it become apparent to me that something was wrong. I’ve gone back and worked on it, adding several more layers, and now I’m pleased. Now for the 3rd canvas.

  7. I like the feeling of depth in both – the second one has a lot of presence.

    1. Thank you so much Tom. You are kind to say that. When I saw them in this format I realized the second one was a slightly different scale!

      1. I like the scale of the second one – closer, the tree patterns are more abstracted.

  8. Oh they do look magical! I don’t see anything to change, but will wait for the next images to see what you change.

    1. Thank you! When I saw them side by side here I could see that the second one didn’t have the depth that the first one did. I’ve worked on it, and when the third one is finished I’ll show them all together. Soon, I hope~I’m ready for something flowery! 😀

  9. These are such a delightful treat for the eyes, Melissa! I am loving these, particularly the first painting which has a great depth of field with the careful placing of the two foreground trees. I could just step into this wonderful painting!

    1. I really appreciate that Pete. You’re right, the second one needed some attention and I’m happier with it now.

  10. I think your friend is quite fortunate to receive these paintings. It feels like you have captured that feeling quite well.

  11. Thanks Kim! xo

  12. Melissa, I just read your ‘about’ page but could find no comment box. I just wanted to say how aligned I feel with the sentiments you express.
    I am enchanted by your art. I have just begun to paint again after decades of not listening to my inner artist. I love that you share yours – inspiring.

    1. Oh, I know, I’ve had so much trouble trying to set up this blog properly. I keep telling myself that one of these days I’m going to brew up some coffee and figure it out!
      Thank you so much. I’m thrilled to learn that you are painting again. That is wonderful. If there is anything I can do to help just let me know.

      1. Thanks Melissa. That’s so kind. I visited an art space yesterday and just talking to the artist and discussing her work inspired me to do more. I need to stop trying so hard and just let it happen. Takes practice.

  13. Your first painting is wonderful. That’s how it looked here when we had our little snow this year: big, fat flakes falling among the palms, not in any hurry at all to get to the ground.

    In the second, the tree limbs seem more lively. In the first, the trees seem to be observers. In the second, the branches appear to be reaching out to the snow — like kids trying to catch flakes on their mittens. It will be fun to see the entire triptych when it’s done.

    1. I love that assessment! How fun to think of the trees trying to catch the snowflakes 🙂 I went back and worked on that second one so it looks more in keeping with the first, and now I think the third one is about finished.

  14. Hmmm: on the day this post appeared I left a comment here but now it’s gone.

    I’m fond of these snow-falling-in-the-woods pictures you’ve created. Very nice.

  15. Thank you Steve. I think you did leave a comment, and I appreciated it. I’ve noticed lately that when I click on a comment to respond it vanishes. I hoped that was only on my computer but evidently not. How odd.

  16. I am a huge fan of oak, especially the old growth specimens with lots of character. I’ve discovered some very large, old Bur Oak in a flood plain adjacent to a State-protected wetland but I just can’t seem to capture their inspiration with a camera. Your first image is really special to me because it captures two natural phenomena that are dear to my heart: the big oaks, and what we refer to here as “lake-effect” snow. Wonderful post Melissa. And thanks!!!

    1. Thank you Nick! I must confess I was working from my friend’s photos. I know what you mean about capturing those wonderful old bur oaks. Somehow they just don’t translate, do they?

  17. Lovely! I love how you captured that feeling. And I love that feeling… 🙂

    1. Thank you so much! I know what you mean~it is a magical moment.

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