Cold Shadows, 18×24

This is a scene just a short walk from my home, I used to be able to see it out my front door (until all the other homes sprang-up.)
I'm fairly certain this is a painting that only an artist can love…or at least THIS artist.  I've been around the art world long enough to know that there are certain paintings that tend to get a response above others.  People tend to gravitate toward warm tones, universal subject matter, fall colors and gently suggestive compositions.  In my experience this painting is the opposite of everything in the art world that is marketable.  Probably one of the reasons I like it so much.
The painting is cold.  Cold paintings don't sell well, nor do overtly green or blue paintings (this falls into all three categories.)  Dynamic paintings can also be hard for people to swallow, the shadows are nothing if not dynamic.  The composition could also be described as such.  The composition is a bit forceful, not just suggesting to the viewer to observe the tree, but almost yelling at him/her to do so. 
One critique about this image is that I feel it has a little bit too much sky.  If I were to do it again I would chop a bit off the top, as my barber would say :).  I originally painted it this way so as to shorten the foreground (since I wanted only a specific amount to show.) In the end I believe a shorter height would behoove the painting (don't you just love the word behoove. Such a great word!) 
I'm sure it will eventually find a home, but this is one of those paintings I did simply because I wanted to.  It will hang around the studio until it finds that one person that it is destined to find. I will lay down dollars to dimes it will be someone who is actually interested in the "art" of it, and not someone who just wants a pretty picture.

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“Creating moods that are often romantic and thought provoking, Simon Winegar’s tonalist landscapes are meant to provide collectors with a view of the world that runs counter to some of the more negative versions of it that are found in today’s culture. Sometimes it seems like we live in an ugly, unforgiving world,” says Winegar. “So the point of what I do is to attempt to beautify the world. I want to create a mood that moves the viewer.” American Art Collector, March 2008

Simon Winegar was born in Utah in 1979 and grew up in the suburbs of Salt Lake City. Believing to be an artist since birth, some of his first memories are of Crayola crayons and Watercolor paints. “Not a Christmas went by that we kids didn’t get a new set of watercolor paints and pad of construction paper. My mother, though not a professional artist herself, is really the one who planted the seeds of art in our minds at a very young age. I also owe some of my early beginnings to my older brother Seth. We spent much of our free time drawing and painting, since he was older, he was always a little more advanced than I was. I learned a lot from him, as he learned from others. His road to becoming an artist helped me understand art processes, as much through his mistakes as through his successes.” Simon also feels that he owes much of his education to personal study and workshop classes. “I read a lot. I think finding great art books, and applying what they teach, can be one of the greatest tools at an artist’s disposal. It enables an artist to ponder and review over and over again the fundamentals and philosophies of art. What better way to excel than by standing on the shoulders of the giants that have gone before us?”

Since entering the market in 2000, Winegar’s work became at once respected and honored. He has been featured in many magazines, books and art venues that have shown his work in a light of professionalism and quality. His work shows in some of the most respected galleries in the United States and has been seen in almost a dozen one-man-shows to date. Winegar’s art has also adorned the walls of the Springville Art Museum, The Museum of Church History and Art and the International Museum of Contemporary Masters of Fine Art.

While known mostly as a landscape painter, Winegar doesn’t limit himself to this subject alone. He can be seen painting figure, still life, seascape, and historic works of art--anything that inspires him. “There is so much to learn and explore in the world, I don’t see why anyone would limit themselves artistically without a good reason. I think it is important to try new things and always be growing as an artist. Without this continual stimulation and growth, the artistic mind becomes stagnant.”