Saturday, February 28, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
It was just breathtakingly beautiful when I opened the door and saw the bright sunshine and trees with their long shadows across the snow-covered front yard. There is a surge of joy running trough my heart. After the terrifying ordeals my sister and her family went through just a few days ago, the news that she finally got reunited with her family and Liuhai, my brother-in-law all of sudden received his legal resident status across the border came with such a relief and joy. I just pray that Lord, with your all mighty hands you will protect them and guide them through any ardius and treacherous passages in their lives so that they know that night will give way to morning and darkness will always give way to the light.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Had to pick up my sister tonight at Winnipeg International Airport. I took my easel with me , and stopped at the park to painted this view of the frozen pond with pavilion in the distance. It was freezing cold when I was painting with an unsettling feeling and worry about my sister's agonizing brush with US immigration.
Friday, February 20, 2009
With the shadow of evening encroaching quickly onto the groves of trees in our back alley, I painted this quick oil sketch. There was a such a tangible sense of serenity surround me and my easel that I could feel a surge of excitement going through my heart.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Another cold day found myself painting away from our patio in the afternoon. What attracted me today was the partially lit up junipers and the snow covered hedges with the casting shadow over the snow covered backyard.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
I have lost count of how many times I have painted this view at this time of the day and at this time of the year. Again with it being so cold outside and with no time to waste, I had to paint whatever that came into my view. Today after coming back from work it was already about 4 p.m. I set up my old portable ease on our patio and painted this quick oil sketch sitting on a chair in subzero bone chill biting coldness.
Monday, February 16, 2009
While having breakfast at the dinner table in the morning, I was attracted by how suddenly the first ray of the morning sunlight reached the trunks of two big trees behind our shed in the backyard. I put down knife and fork and painted away before the whole view was totally in the full sunlight.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Again it was extremely cold outside today. Out of our bedroom window the cool long shadows of the trees drenched in the warm sunlight were just so lovely and so visually exciting that I could not resit the temptation to paint this view once more.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Again it was really cold outside but looking through the storm door it was nice and sunny. The lone ash tree in front was brightly lit by the receding sunlight. I did a quick oil sketch before it was getting too dark outside.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Afterwords, I stopped at the path on my way home, and started this painting of the path where three big silver maples used to stand like sentries on the path from Mr. Gross's backyard, who had to have them cut down in the last fall owning to their age.
Always intrigued by the shape and form of the two white spruce standing in front of a property on Cornwallis
Crescent, I decided to do a quick oil sketch of it today. In the early hours of the afternoon the sun was shining brightly lighting up the top of the trees beautifully.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
What started as a partially clouded sky was instantly transfigured by the bright morning sunlight breaking out of the clouds. It lasted only a few minutes before the sky was recaptured by the clouds again. What a refreshing experience to be able to stand outside painting again indulging myself in the morning sunlight.
Friday, February 6, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Walking towards our backyard this afternoon I was so impressed by how bright and beautiful the snow and hedges appear in the sunlight. It lasted only a few minutes not long enough for me even to set up my easel to paint. However, I managed to get the oil sketch done in half an hour before this corner of our backyard was taken over by the dark and cool shadows.