Thursday, November 10, 2011

Winter Poems


Clockwise from upper left: Winter Poem I, Winter Poem II, Winter Poem III, Winter Poem IV
All oil on canvas, 12 x 12 inches, © 2011 Diane McGregor



Winter is returning to New Mexico. Very cold mornings, a little snow, the blacks, browns, and golds of the frozen plants and leaves. This quartet of paintings was composed as a poem to the winter season, the winter landscape.

Instead of the vertical orientation of the grid's rectangles, the new paintings I have been working on emphasize the horizontal -- in other words, the horizon line of the vast New Mexico landscape. The blues and whites echo the frozen earth and sky, with flecks of gold, black and brown reminding the viewer of the warmth that still lingers beneath the surface.

I will be shipping these paintings out soon for a group exhibition in December at Costello-Childs Contemporary in Scottsdale. The exhibition will feature smaller works by the gallery's artists. There will be an opening reception on Wednesday, December 7th, from 4 to 8pm.

8 comments:

Seth said...

The colors of these pieces are the perfect reflection of the coming season. Congratulations on and good luck with the group exhibition.

Diane McGregor said...

Thank you, Seth. Much appreciated!

sukipoet said...

wonderful title and lovely paintings i like the new orientation of the grid good luck with the show

Diane McGregor said...

Thank you,Suki. I'm working on a couple of 48x48s that have this horizontal orientation of the grid; it's taking a while, but I'll post as soon as they're finished. The shimmering effect is really quite amazing.

Stephanie Hoff Clayton said...

These are a wonderful ode to the NM winter landscape, and aptly described.
I wish you much success at the show! I would love to see these in person.

Diane McGregor said...

Thanks so much, Stephanie. I wish we lived closer so we could have studio visits!

Sue said...

Brilliant artworks which go so well with your poetic description. I wish I could see them in much more detail.

Diane McGregor said...

Sue, There are some earlier posts on this blog which show details of some of the paintings. It is very difficult to see the paintings' full effect through a small digital image.
Thanks for reading!