Saturday, December 14, 2013

WINTER TREES PLEIN AIR, ABSTRACT "WHITE COLLAR", CREATIVITY

It's the time of year when the chill in the air reminds us of the coming winter.  So far, we've only had a few flurries.  Looking at the trees in the woods brought me to thoughts of the holidays and the chance to work on my first winter plein air piece.

"Winter's Dance"  4 X 6  Lori LaBerge  2013

There is something about winter trees that makes me feel relaxed and peaceful. The majority have lost their leaves and there is a chance to view the structure.

 A foggy morning brings a sense of eerieness to this tree (or maybe it was the coyotes howling) with bottom branches on the left appearing ready to collapse.  I love the imperfection of it.

The tree second from left has broken off, leaving it feeling lonely among its taller neighbors.

Interesting to see how one branch fell into the nook of another forming an "X", as if it tried to break its fall.

The lone color left in the woods on the side of our driveway.  A lovely orange against the grey blue sky behind it.

So often we forget about the bottom portion of a tree and how it grows.  The roots here are reaching out in all different directions and blend into the pine needles beneath it.

I also worked on starting the hooking on "White Collar" this week:

"White Collar" in progress,  16 X 20 Lori LaBerge  2013

I've decided to take next week off from blogging to enjoy the holidays.  Those of you who have been reading regularly know how I love the lectures offered through The Great Courses. They have a new course on creativity (so it is on sale) and I downloaded it yesterday.  I can't wait to heat up some hot chocolate, hit the couch, turn on the computer and listen to a professor talk about imagination and developing ideas.


Creativity has always fascinated me and I received two posts this week that show the results of a creative mind.  Please check out:

Susan Feller's post on her grouping of November studies.  Notice the variety of materials she employed and how she approached her subjects.  Very informative and inspiring.

Patricia Winans post on her solo show.  Her subjects range from traditional to abstract to mixed-media.  She also wrote a beautiful piece that expresses how similar peoples' experiences are.

A very Merry Christmas to all! 

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