WIND IN THE WILLOW
3.5" x 2.5" ACEO on Canvas Card
8" x 10" soft white Mat
Another reminder that spring is on the way. I used to live in a condo that overlooked a park and in the winter it could be bleak with snow and bare trees. The good thing about winter was that when the trees were bare, I got a better view of the lake. In spring one of the first to leaf out were the willow trees, fed by the spring run off and ready for the touch of sun. Willows have a unique yellow/green shade when they first get shoots and that is what inspired this painting.
My thoughts turn to the Impressionists when the weather starts to improve. I think it must be because they were the pioneers of "Plein Air" painting and as soon as the sun shone they headed to the countryside en mass. In summer they would visit the coast or promenade by the Seine, but in spring they all wanted to record the verdant sap green in the payesage.