One thing I really love about living where I do is the wide open spaces which enable one to see amazing sunsets. I can’t imagine living in a concrete jungle where the horizon is only a few metres away. It doesn’t matter how many times I see the sunset I’m still amazed at the beauty of nature.
As winter continues and daily blizzards pile up the snow, I’m making use of a new-found Muse to explore a type of art novel for me: abstract. Ordinarily, I paint nudes based on silhouette and shade but I felt like trying new grounds. This painting, pictured, is called ‘Dimensions‘. It’s quite large at 110 x 100 cms and, like the others in the series, is oil on canvas.
I’m thoroughly enjoying experimenting and, hopefully, I’ll organise an exhibition some time later this year.
Just over a week ago I wanted to take Feisty out for a ride but couldn’t get her to start because of the battery. We’d had a cold spell but it had cleared up and it was warm enough to comfortably ride. Now, we’ve been plunged into Arctic temperatures and more than a few minutes outside is painful. The forecast for New Year’s Eve is so bleak that many towns in Slovakia have, for the first time, cancelled their celebrations.
There has been snowfall but nowhere near the amount seen in the Alps. Instead, the weather went from mild to frostbite-cold almost overnight. There is a dark, Gothic beauty to the landscape, though. Dusk brings with it plummeting temperatures but also, as seen in this photo of Svidnik, a certain noire mystique.
This evening I drove around Lake Domasa on the way home. Due to the early onset of night now, the light wasn’t the best but I still felt mesmerised by the colours of the Fall trees and their reflection on the water of the lake. This little church is one of a couple which sit on the banks of the lake and it looks both ghostly and serene, alone as it is. I love that I can still be hypnotised by a scene, enough to make me stop my car and just look for a while. It’s important to absorb fleeting beauty as it reminds us we are alive and that the world can still please and amaze.
This morning I awoke to a beautiful scene. Frost covered everything. The temperature has now dropped well below zero at night and winter has announced its presence. All the car windows were frozen. I have a feeling that this winter, 2014-2015, will be long and cold. Life becomes much harder in winter but we’re rewarded by the occasional stunningly beautiful moment which makes it worthwhile. Winter really let’s you know you’re alive.