"July in the Valley"
12X18" oil painting - (SOLD) - © Bruce A. Morrison
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Plenty to see here at Prairie Hill Farm today. Its been a bit warmer (low 40's) and very breezy out of the south, with the valley's Bald Eagles playing in and out of the wind. Its not easy to give a count as we see them veering back and forth, up and down the pastures and creek bottom.
The first two birds jumped from the big Red Pine in the yard when I was over to the house for lunch...an immature bird calling loudly as it followed an adult across the yard and over the grainery. Then another two adults appeared across the road, one following the creek and the other landing on the pasture ground next to a frozen puddle...it sat for awhile until another bird showed from the north, and joined it. This went on through the noon hour with other birds (or likely the same ones) passing by and over the south pasture.
Back inside the studio I'm preparing another canvas to start a new painting, and finished photographing one I just finished. I'm afraid in here I'm a bit oblivious to what's going on outside, except when I get up and stretch or take a break from the easel or correspondence.
I just finished another landscape - one about the valley view out in front of the studio; the very one the eagles are playing about today...only the painting is based on a small 6X8 plein air painting done back in 2010. Not only is winter a good time to work in the studio but a good time to think "summer" as well!!
I suppose I'm being a little optimistic with "July in the Valley"; its hillsides, trees and croplands are lush and green...unfortunately last summer was the opposite. We're entering a new year, yet still waiting for moisture up here in the NW corner of the state. According to the state climatologists, we're about 15 inches or more shy of moisture. They're talking rain tonight; that'd be a good thing if it comes to be...we'll take whatever we can get.
But winter is a time to be properly optimistic. What better things to hold dear and look forward to, than a summer of green and warm days; of lazily watching the cloud shadows pass across the landscape?!
Back to work!