2011, 24 x 12 inches, encaustic on panel
The idea for this painting came during winter while I was still living in Charleston, from a memory of something I experienced each morning when the light was just so: winter sky against a nearly bare tree still holding on to a few orange-brown, withered leaves. The painting is informed by feelings evoked by this scene- the poetry of the image- not the imagery itself.
After leaving Charleston and settling on the Texas coast, I began work on this painting. Originally the large beige-blue area was meant to be cold, pale grey-blue. (Beige wasn't part of the plan.) But it wasn't working with the rusty orange. What happened next was this: In an attempt to "join" the orange and grey-blue, I added thin veils of warm beige over the grey-blue. This is very interesting to me; for in the painting, I see that Charleston memory combined with the colors of a Corpus Christi sunset! The "then" and the "now", however unintentional.
I decided to keep the title "Winter's Garden"because that's what I wanted to recall while painting this piece- winter's light and remnants of life from a tree that didn't quite shed its leaves- even though the finished painting has elements of both Charleston and Corpus Christi.