Paintings by Dianne Mize

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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Winter's Birth

"Winter's Birth"    8" x 10"   Oil on Board
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For the first time in ages, I am excited about the grays of winter.  From the time the sun comes up until it sets in the evening, the colors I'm seeing in my leaf-bare woods are nothing short of exhilarating.

This little painting is taken from one of my favorite spots on the Tallulah River where the river takes an S-curve, almost as if it's circling back.  It's one of the few places where the waters are quiet.  At this time of year all the summer's foliage has gone, leaving only scant spots of green from the pines, firs, laurel and rhododendrun.  This absence of greens allows the colors among the grays to become the stars.  Looking more closely and without prejudice, you can see purples, blues, yellows, oranges, reds and yes, greens.

Think about it.  We have a communal notion that grays are drab and depressing.  But isn't that a prejudice that prevents us from seeing all the colors inherent in those grays?  It all makes me wonder how much I have deprived myself from experiencing just because I approached things from an opinion rather than an open mind.

3 comments:

Anamaria said...

I'm enchanted by this painting, Diane, it has a refined quality I like very much. I'm sure I could enjoy it better after reading your text.

Here sun is always so bright I need to wait til late afternoon (or very early in the morning) to see colors because ofthe excessive light.We sure live in very different surroundings and I love to see this in your painting.

Wish you a lovely sunday

Dianne Mize said...

Thanks, Anamaria.
I think the internet has given us a real gift to allow us to share around the globe ideas and thoughts that, heretofore, we could share only in person or in writing. It had not occurred to me that there are places on the earth where the light is so bright it's almost blinding. That makes me remember that there are other places where the sun doesn't rise at all during the winter season. It's a beautiful world in its diversity.

Robert Best said...

Hi Dianne,
I love you site. most of all I feel inspired by your energy and production. I'm looking to improve my painting skills but just can't seem to get going. Lack of discipline I fear.
However, I'm seeing some light in my world. Your work is inspiring.
Nice job.
Bob Best