Get Out for a Change

Winter can be a challenging time for those of us who like painting outdoors. The most hardy souls can always be found heavily bundled up and happily working in punishing conditions. The rest of us wait for the right day, say, when it is above freezing, to go out and enjoy the wonderful winter light and colors. If you have never tried this, we encourage you to invest in a little bit of winter painting clothing and insulated boots, and get out there! You will find that as you begin to really concentrate on your subject, you will forget the cold and begin to enjoy all the charms that a sunny winter day can offer. You will be among the elite few who are working outside in the winter for the sheer enjoyment of it.

Tinker Place, 1891, T. C. Steele
Tinker Place by T. C. Steele, 1891.

If you can get out to the country – even better, for you will begin to notice the interesting changes in the flora and fauna which happen in the winter. If there is some snow, you may find evidence of the animal activities that generally go on unseen around us. We have had bobcats and even pumas occasionally on our property, but seeing one of these elusive creatures is rare. In the winter, though, I can find their tracks, and when I do I feel that all is well again. We may also find the little secret pathways that small animals use to get back and forth from their favorite feeding places. If we are really lucky, we might discover the tracks of a Great Blue Heron around the edges of a frozen pond, and while tracing them, be startled as she suddenly takes flight right in front of us.

Moments like this make all the effort worthwhile and warm us inside out.

Winter is also a quiet season. The few birds who winter over are all the more noticeable for their chattering and industrious work thrashing the leaves for seeds. Because we provide food, water and habitat for them in the winter, we have bluebirds, cardinals, finches, sparrows, woodpeckers, juncos, jays and robins to enjoy. These all add their voices to the sound track of winter painting on the property and remind us that life goes on even in the dark of the year encouraging us to get out of our studios and embrace the world outside.

To learn more about T. C. Steele and the Indiana Impressionists, members can read the article The Impressionists of Indiana – The Hoosier Group.

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 –John and Ann


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John Hulsey and his wife, Ann Trusty created the website, The Artist's Road - Painting the World's Beautiful Places.  The Artist's Road inspires with practical art tips and painting techniques for the traveling artist, video painting tutorials and demonstrations, workshop resources, artist profiles and interviews and remarkable painting locations.  The Artist's Road is an artist community for oil, watercolor and pastel artists.  Articles cover intriguing art travel experiences artists have had while painting the world's beautiful places. "I believe I must speak through my art, for the preservation of Nature and the natural landscape from which I take my inspiration and living." John Hulsey is an accomplished artist, author and teacher who has been working professionally for over thirty years. In addition to producing new work for exhibition and teaching workshops, Mr. Hulsey continues to write educational articles about painting for national art magazines, including Watercolor magazine and American Artist Magazine. He has been selected as a "Master Painter of the United States" by International Artist Magazine where his work was previously chosen to be included in the top ten of their international landscape painting competition. He was awarded residencies at Yosemite, Glacier and Rocky Mountain National Parks. "I strive in my art to celebrate the mysteries of Nature - the fleeting light on the landscape, the unimaginable diversity of creatures, the beauty of each leaf and flower." Ann Trusty  is an accomplished third generation artist whose work embodies the natural world and is created through direct observation and translation of her subjects into her paintings. She has found inspiration in the dancing light across the water of the Hudson River (where she had a studio for ten years), as well as the big sky and waving tall grasses of the open plains of the Midwest (her current home). Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States, France and Turkey in both museum and gallery exhibitions, and has been reviewed favorably by the New York Times.