This Morning

"This Morning"
10" x 8"
Oil on hardboard

I was at the Botanic Gardens this morning while the temperature rose to 98°.  I was in the shade inside a small structure in the English Walled Garden, looking across the pond, toward an island of flowers and trees.  I've been cold for a year, so this was my kind of day.

I believe this is my first willow tree, painted especially for Therese, who asked for one.

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The Colors of Winter

"The Colors of Winter"
6" x 6"
Oil on canvas panel

Winter in my neighborhood tends to become a blend of grays, so when I saw this frozen pond with willows and a pine tree with gray as a minor player, I stopped to photograph it. The cardinal did not land there, but I did see geese coming in to roost under the willows as I left.  

This isn't as tight as some of my pieces, but it captures the essence of the late afternoon.  And the pond is actually on the grounds of the former site of Ducks Unlimited in Long Grove, Illinois. 

Thanks for looking.