Saturday, December 03, 2011

Captivating Marshes

(NOTE: my apologies for the short previous post that you received. I had just begun to put down my thoughts and *BING* the blog published. Don't know if it's Google's new dashboard or my keyboard.)

I've become fascinated by the local marshes and bogs here in upstate New York. The wintry sky colors, the elegant leaning of the tree trunks, the still, reflective waters and the overall calmness. Some of these bodies of water are created by beavers and you can actually spot their well-constructed dams built with intertwining branches and downed logs. Amazing engineering for a critter that's considered a rodent.

These little oils on canvas are the result of hiking along wooded trails that lead to these enchanting landscapes. Because the subject is new to me, I have no idea what to title them. Pink Sunset? Yellow Repose? If you have any ideas, please send me suggestions or leave a comment. They're both 11"x14" and are available for purchase.

With appreciation,


Jill Benjamin said...

These are just beautiful! They put the observer right 'there'!!
How about 'Peaceful Reflection' for the first scene, and 'Serenity' or 'Tranquility' for the second? Nothing clever comes to mind (yet) for the beaver construction, which I just love.
It's so much fun to watch you explore and expand! Glad you're happy up there.

Sharon Crute said...

Thank you so much Jill!
I love the title suggestions and they sound great. The bottom beaver lodge is actually a photograph that I took while hiking. I believe they make tunnels through the mud from their lodges to the water so they're fairly safe while hibernating.
Although I miss the alligators in FL, this is a wonderful adventure!

Jill Benjamin said...

I was hoping you'd make a painting from your beaver lodge photo; it would be so lovely with the other two paintings you've posted...