Last year we received a Poinsettia plant as a gift. We decided to plant it in the yard in spring. It did well and easily doubled in size. So last fall we found a large pot to plant it in so we could bring it in the house and hopefully have lovely red flowers for Christmas. We followed directions on how to do this but Christmas came and went with no sign of red leaves. Thinking it just wasn't going to happen we just enjoyed the green. What a surprise in February it starting blooming and is still going strong. Not knowing how long this will continue I decided to paint one of the flowers. They are so lovely.
I'd rather be out plein air painting but winter is just hanging on so in addition to practicing drawing more, I decided to do some small still life paintings 6x6" size. In addition to the usual food subject matter, I picked out some tools from our large collection. Some are antique, some just old.
The weather has been extremely cold (An Arctic Vortex) that has given me the opportunity to brush up on drawing out the window for my landscape subject matter. The magical vision of 10" inches of snow and a week later the melting values of cloudy days and melting leftover snow.
A bit warmer day enabled me to get out and paint a quick study of an amazingly changing sky!
I painted at this location on two days in a row. First day was nice, fairly warm and no wind. The second day started out ok but a weather front moved in and it got more overcast and windy as the morning went on. I was glad I chose a smaller format since it wasn't long before the wind picked up and the temperature went down. I was glad I had the previous day to capture this scene with some sun.