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Friday, February 25, 2011

1. an ice storm 2. a snow storm 3. a dead computer

1.  Sunday night an ice storm hit Ohio.  From Sunday night until Wednesday morning we didn't
 have power.   Despite the inconvenience of not having electricity, there were bright spots too. Sitting by the fire at night, reading by flashlight/candlelight.  We have a generator, so we had one lamp and two space heaters running. And of course coffee too, unplug the space heater, plug in the coffee.
The real gift was the day after the ice storm when the sun came out.  Magic.  My students said it looked like Narnia.  Trees covered in ice, fleshing them out as if they had grown white foliage.  Incredible.  The ice stayed for days, beautiful the whole time.

Snow Storm Painting
Oil on canvas
36 x 48

2.  Last night (Thursday) a snow storm blew through Ohio.  Still blowin' now.  The plus is a snow day!  The downside of that is it's our 7th calamity day this year, which means we have to make up days missed as we're over the limit.  I started this painting a few weeks ago, finished it today, or almost finished it.  The snow is blowing hard out there with intermittent calm spells. 
What I enjoyed about painting this was painting snow, which I rarely do. The variety of grays, blues, yellows, pinks, purples, violets.  hmmmm. yum.  All in muted grays. A beautiful challenge.

3. Our laptop died last week.  I'm working on an old laptop of my daughter's. (Thanks, Ali)   I adjusted the value and colors of the painting a little bit, but I don't think this photo does the painting justice.  I like it better in real life.  But maybe this laptop isn't showing me a good image?  I just took another picture of the painting and made some adjustments and it looks better. Plus I took some closed ups showing the lovely grays.  But...this laptop isn't cooperating and I can't upload the image!  Oh, well. maybe another time.
I hope we can revive our laptop enough so I can recover pictures and music I have stored on it!  I have some things backed up, but unfortunately not everything.


  1. Hello Indigo
    The weather. The story. The painting.
    All so rich in their muted tones and adaptability.
    It does require that when the weather surges and the electric and the computer crash.

    The phots are magical. The painting, even though you say there are more satisfying jpegs still conveys that northern landscape that I carry in my heart and you place me right back into the woodland on my x-country skiis.

    Hope to see you in a couple a weeks...and may the sun shine bright '-]

  2. Hi d

    I love your comments and I'm so happy that my photos can take you back to your beginnings here in Ohio.
    I hope to see you too! I'm planning on coming to the opening on Friday night.


  3. Wow. You found the magic in this weather--and painted it. I hope you re-post so I can see all the colors--it already looks beautiful and makes me shiver. Say Hi to Donna at the opening.

  4. very magical.your muted,soft,colors are absolutely beautiful. want to paint like you!!! :)

  5. Hallie, the weather was something, that's for sure. You should have heard the trees the night of the ice storm. I could hear big ones falling in the woods and the sound of branches breaking sounded like gunshots through the night. I'll say hello to Donna--can't wait to see her and her work!
    Thanks, Celeste... I admire your paintings and often think of you when I paint, I look forward to the day when I'll paint as often and well as you do.
    Carrington, Thank you! I popped over to your site and enjoyed your work, there is one painting in particular that I really liked. I'll swing by right now and tell you which one.

  6. Indigo is a beautiful name. It tells me you love color.
    Larry is a great dog. He tells me you love dogs.
    Your photos are excellent. They tell me you love a good image.
    I share some of your blog buds (Casey, Celeste, Hallie-who-got-me-here). They tell me you have good taste.
    The art you've posted here is terrific. It tells me that I should put you on my list and stay tuned.
    These are all very good things. Nice to meet you.
    Sam Hannaway

  7. Hi SamArtDog,
    Thank you so much for visiting! I love the word Indigo, the color Indigo. Larry ranks right up there as one of the best.
    Thanks for the comments on my photos--I love to take pictures.
    Nice to meet you and I hope you'll come back. A post will happen in the near future!

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