Snow Day

I am going on my tenth year of living in NYC (which scares me because I refuse to be called a "New Yorker") and this is the worst winter I've experienced yet.  In January and February there was a major snow storm almost every week.  It's always pretty at first snowfall, but then it just starts to become inconvenient, freezing and dirty.  

Attempting to change our attitudes towards the winter mix, my instructor at the Academy, Kerry Stevens, gave us an assignment based on snow.  Since its an abstract painting course, we could pretty much interpret the subject in any way we wished.  Just like I wanted to hole myself up in my apartment to stay out of the cold, I avoided this assignment.  Then one day on my way to class I began to see some interesting developments in the snow, both in the obviously beautiful and the downright dirty bits.  

Here are some images I captured during this snow season:

Below are my paintings inspired by the snow:

Snow Day, 2014, oil and acrylic on canvas, 24 x 24 inches.

Detail of Snow Day.

Summer Snow, 2014, oil on canvas, 24 x 24 inches.

Detail of Summer Snow.

Photo credit for paintings in this post: Jeannette May.