“The biggest challenge, I think for any new artist, is patience.” Brett Eldredge
There’s one season of every year that drives me absolutely crazy and I like to call it the “tweener” season…that time between the end of winter and the beginning of spring. The landscape seems, in my opinion, to be empty. Deathly looking wasted browns topped in some places by dirty tired snow. It’s a time when I often wonder if I’ll ever make another image as I hike from one place to another looking for a glint of inspiration.
Such was the case a couple of days ago when I headed into one of my favorite state parks to shake out the mental cobwebs and get the motor running. Since the year has been lacking on moisture I wanted to check the creek areas in this park to see if water was once again flowing and I specifically wanted to look for some ice patterns that would serve as a subject. Last fall I had made an extra effort to start looking down as I walk through forest areas for leaf patterns and such and was pleased with several results. It only seemed appropriate to care that challenge forward to the “tweener” season.
The blog image is one of the results as it actually occurred near the creeks edge. These thin formations of ice that are continually melting away during the day and then freezing again during the evening to form thin layers complete with natural design patterns. The leaf just happened to be the “frosting on the cake”.
The capture was processed in Photoshop CS6 with various applications of NIK and Topaz software being applied to get to the end result. It is a perfect snippet of a “tweener” day and what it has to offer if one looks hard enough and believes that beauty can be as close as ones feet. It also was proof that spring is pushing its way in and winter is slinking out.
Sic “Em Bears. Go Baylor!
For more views of my work visit;
Arts On Grand, Spencer, Iowa http://www.artsongrand.org/
Lanesboro Art Center, Lanesboro, Minnesota www.lanesboroarts.org
Thank you for coming to this site and I hope you all are beginning to see the effort of spring returning.