Winter Lake

Winter Lake. ©2012 Lisa McShane. Oil on Linen. 20" x 16".
It's been a dark winter here in the Northwest - we are all feeling the darkness and understanding gray in an entirely new way. These past few months I've been drawn to painting that dark, gray landscape, puzzling through the mystery of this area.

A highlight for me these past few months has been a composition class I took with Deborah Paris. It was challenging - all of her classes are - but this one challenged me in a new way. Deborah had us draw the landscape onsite, then take the elements from those drawings and compose them into something new. No photographic reference, just drawings, notes and memory as reference material. This painting is a result of that.