I will take the opportunity of your stopping by to say that I hope you had a merry Christmas and will have a happy New Year – full of whatever it is that you like best for your New Year celebration. For me, this is pajamas, costume dramas, food I don’t have to cook myself, and my favourite people to cuddle up to. Your life may be more exciting.
To mark the passing of the year I offer up 2015’s last painting. I am fortunate to be with family in my home country for what turned out to be a very white Christmas. An outing upland seemed to prove a pet theory of mine – that Canadian pines are ultimately more paintable than Swiss ones. Maybe a harsher climate produces this rangier, scrawnier, and more dramatic specimen. Who knows. But a few simple pines thrown together here make for a much more enticing subject than they would in CH. Anyhow, please enjoy “Snowy Pines”. I hope it gives you a sense of the peace, stillness and, well, cold of the Great White North.
All the best – HD