Saturday, January 09, 2010

Garden in White

oil on canvas panel - Öl auf Malplatte - huile sur carton entoilé
15 cm x 15 cm / 5,9" x 5,9"

Again we are snowed in, this time luckily at home and not out somewhere. Just hope the snow will melt until tomorrow, so that we can go and buy some petroleum for our little burner... and - there's not much wood left either. It has been impossible to get in touch with the wood deliverer over the last days. I guess he's very, very busy and doesn't even answer the phone anymore. Living in Southwest France we thought, we didn't really need a central heating. Well, that has proven to be wrong!


Anonymous said...

Liza, you've really caught the atmosphere, and I can really feel the cold - mind you having to have a blanket around my shoulders at home might be part of the reason. See you soon, love, Karin

cohen labelle said...

This is so beautiful liza. The elements are a blessing in a way in spite of the frustration of coping and dealing with them, because you can produce this beautiful painting!

Barbara M. said...

Hi Liza,

I cannot imagine what you are going through, but got an inkling of it during the coldest days in Italy.

I hope you get some warmth. Meanwhile what a wonderful painting. I love the light and texture.


Debi Fitzgerald said...

"Cool" painting! I love the contrast between the warm foliage and the cold snow! I definitely understand your delemma with the cold... here in "sunny" Florida we have been below freezing for the last 2 weeks... quite unheard of! And some did get a little snow last night. I am having a hard time keeping my studio warm. Even when it is warm, my pastels are like holding ice!

Liza Hirst said...

Hi Karin, thank you for your nice comment. Hope you manage to keep warm - I guess it looks quite similar around your house, too!

Liza Hirst said...

Thank you, Marcia! You are right, apart from the downsides of it, this weather is also very beautiful! Especially when the sun comes out as well.

Liza Hirst said...

Hi Barbara,
we've managed to cope quite well, actually, and the fact that we can't go anywhere and no one can come either, helps me to concentrate on the painting. Mind you, my fingers get very cold after a while, so that I have to heat up in front of the fireplace every half hour or so.

Liza Hirst said...

Dear Debi, thank you for your kind comment. "Below freezing" in Florida - that is quite amazing!
I went to Florida one winter and remember coming from very cold to very hot! I am painting in our dining room at the moment - it is far too cold in my studio. I very well understand the problem with your pastels, because oil paints tend to get stiffer when they get cold and one has to adapt.