After a Long Dark Winter


Artwork Notes:

Well, this winter wasn’t really all that much longer or darker than usual, but still, we hadn’t seen the sun for a few wet weeks here on the coast.

When it finally returned it felt as though the sun itself had awoken like a bear from hibernation, blinking, sniffing the air, and without hesitation leaving the darkness of its winter cave and setting out on its path across the sky in search of a long awaited meal with which to break its winter fast.

Last I recalled, everything was gray and wonderful, and the beauty of the muted earth was sufficient to keep my aesthetic appetite fully satisfied.

But then with the sun’s hungry growl, came the new green grass, so vibrant it nearly hurt to look at for long. I had to retreat into the shadows myself just to survive this painting. I was found mumbling incoherencies as I was finishing up. The only thing they could make out was something about needing a brighter green.

They snapped me out of it by waving a sandwich around, but it was a close call for a minute there.

-Entry on April 3, 2017

-Matt Beard




Artwork Information:


Artwork Title: "After a Long Dark Winter"
Original Size: 20" x 16"
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Year Painted: 2017

Additional Artwork Information:


Method: Plein Air
Date Painted: 04/03/2017
Region: The California Coast > Northern California > Humboldt

Artwork Logistics:


Miles Hiked: Less than 1 Mile
Biological Hazards: High Grass- Tick Country!


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