One winter morning a few days ago I was out on a foggy morning and happened by this wooded area along a gravel road and decided to stop for further investigation. I really loved the mass of tangled branches as well as the darkness of the large oaks and how the fog twisted through the strong pillars of tree trunks.
I began by using my Canon camera, but then ended up using my iPhone as well and spent some time working on separation of the trunks by moving slightly one way or the other. While doing all of this I began to think of a favorite Robert Frost poem, the end of which is above, while at the same time clicking, moving and searching.
It struck me as funny how a particular poem would come to mind that fit so well with the situation before me and how it enriched the experience of standing among these massive forms. All the while those last four lines of "Stopping By The Woods...." continued to roll through my head while I was bobbing and weaving, searching, looking, deciding and searching more.
When I got home I sat down to begin to work on the image in my iPhone...adding a little texture, cropping, strengthening, adding some luminance when all the while "the woods are lovely, dark and, deep" continued to run through my mind.
An empty morning of searching through winter, winding up and down those gravel roads, stopping by empty fields or old farmsteads, or slogging through snow brought me to this empty forest and Robert Frost.
Thank you for visiting and enjoy the winter...Spring is on the way.
The Summerwind Gallery in old town Arnolds Park, Iowa will have its opening on May 1 and I'm so excited to be a part of this space. Roberta Williams, the owner and artist extraordinar has launched the website listed below. Take a look to see the wonderful group of artists that she has brought together for the 2016 summer season at the Iowa Lakes area.
For more views of my work visit;
Arts On Grand, Spencer, Iowa http://www.artsongrand.org/
Lanesboro Art Center, Lanesboro, Minnesota www.lanesboroarts.org
Summer Wind Gallery, Arnolds Park, Iowa http://www.summerwindgallery.com