Sunday, February 28, 2010

Cave Creek

I am planning on going back to Cave Creek in March to watch spring make it's debut. This painting is of the creek in February, after heavy rains and the accompanying flood. The water level is back to normal, flanking banks slick with mud, clogged with shredded and pulverized debris.
- Nancy Boudreau

This painting is about 5" x 7" acrylic on gessoed mat board, protected in a cream-colored mat. As with all these little studies, the text above is handwritten on the back of the painting, which is also signed and dated. For comments and queries, please feel free to contact me directly at: nb@nboudreau.com

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Monday, February 22, 2010

Cains Cross


I have been walking through the woods lately, searching for color in a landscape of white snow, blue shadows, gray vertical tree trunks, under a ceiling of neutral gray or celestial blue, depending on the weather.

On this day, in a cold valley, I found the color I was looking for in the eddy of a stream. Late afternoon bronze and brass on the water's surface, caught my eye, and eerily, the mysterious shadows of a cross, floating below the substantial weight of fallen crossed trunks, snow laden. The symbol of the cross, wherever it is appears, is profound, weighted with feeling.

It just so happens that the trail that runs along this stream, is commemorated to George C. Cain, a fire fighter who gave his life on September 11th, 2001 in the demise of the World Trade Center. I suppose it is the hand of Mother Nature who laid these trees down, creating her own tribute to a good man.

- Nancy Boudreau

Below I include a picture of the art studio, where the painting was created, working from a photo taken during a recent hike in Walter G Merritt Park, aka Michael Ciaiola Conservation Area, in Patterson, New York.

This painting is about 5" x 7" acrylic on gessoed mat board, protected in a cream-colored mat. As with all these little studies, the text above is handwritten on the back of the painting, which is also signed and dated. For comments and queries, please feel free to contact me directly at: nb@nboudreau.com

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Mother Nature's Jewelry Case

The snow is falling this morning. Large flakes catch light from the studio, falling softly in the blackness outside my window. I'm compelled to record yesterday's walk down the fire trail at Pine Hill in Pootatuck Forest, New Fairfield, Connecticut. Reflections in a trail-side stream, as it pools in steps downward. Skirts of ice, thick enough to support a dog's weight, line the edges of the stream. The same ice would collapse under a hiker's boot, sending him home with wet legs. This stream, this is a necklace of brightly undulating liquid color, strung down the hillside, nestled in cotton-white, makes me think that I am walking through Mother Nature's jewelry case.
- Nancy Boudreau

This painting is about 5" x 7" acrylic on gessoed mat board, protected in a cream-colored mat. As with all these little studies, the text above is handwritten on the back of the painting, which is also signed and dated. For comments and queries, please feel free to contact me directly at: nb@nboudreau.com

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