recent paintings and news

recent paintings and news

Sunday, January 30, 2011

The Road Less Traveled

The Road not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Robert Frost

oil on canvas
24x40in, 2011

I had posted this last night, but could not get the colours right with my program. There is a lot more purple than blue in the snow, and the yellow isn't as overwhelming. I will take a better photograph tomorrow. It amazes me one can achieve so many effects with a good image program via computer, but when it comes to translating an exact colour reading for a painting, it is a lost art to me..below is the same image but different colour settings and still doesn't come close...
*update--I re-shot/re-posted image since writing this and it now reads true)

I've wanted to paint from this location for a very long time and it is the same path, but different view and atmosphere, as 'January, remains of the day' posted on New Years. I've learned not to question inspiration, but quietly observe as paintings unfold and reveal themselves. Now looking somewhat objectively I see that painting 'home' seems to be my driving force..hmmm, maybe change is waiting and these works are letting me go and leading the way.



  1. I would agree that there's a feeling of 'letting go' in this painting and it IS beautiful!! Before I met you and began to view life in a different way, I never knew winter could be so lovely.


  2. One of my very favorite Frost poems! Nice! Looks like it's very cold your way!!!

  3. It looks like you are thinking about a road to another place, maybe it is the start of a new journey. I love these road paintings the paint is fresh and vibrant yet cool with the hues of winter still holding fast. It does look so cold with you do take care on those roads. Have you tried taking photos outside I have to do this during the winter so that I can get more accurate colours.

  4. Joan that has got to be one of the most meaningful compliments you could ever give to me -LUMUToo

    Hi Katherine yes it is cold here but I love the subtle nuances and changeable winter light and atmousphere- yes, the grey light or lack thereof..a lot to be said for dormancy and what it brings

    Caroline thank you for reading my painting and seeing what i hoped to translate!
    And yes I do take photos outside although this region is quite glary on snow days--I have been reading/experimenting with taking photographs indoors though --might be worth it for me to take a workshop as I like the idea of controlling the light.

  5. Jan, your 'January' painting is STUNNiNG! Although it is very late at night, it makes me want to go out to my studio and paint.
    Thanks for the 'follow' because now I have discovered your work. Wonderful!

  6. I have such a difficult time getting colors correct in the photo, and I normally settle for something "pretty close".
    When I look at this painting, I do feel that the path is leading me somewhere, I want to follow it to see where it will take me..into the unknown. The New Years painting has beautiful light from a setting sun, and I feel that I will soon be curling up by the fire.
    Wonderful colors in both.

  7. Flora i really enjoy your blog and so LOVE your setting and studio! What a beautiful and inspiring environment!

    thanks again Catherine-comforting to know i'm not the only 1 challenged re taking photos--small paintings no problem but the larger ones..ouch!