In a way this is a study for a larger painting that I'm planning. I've been wanting to paint sleeping deer ever since Maggie and I discovered the place in the woods where several of them sleep. We were walking beyond the ridge behind our house -- there are hundreds of wooded acres back there -- and we found a well-sheltered spot with eight hollowed ovals in the snow. I figured out what they were fairly quickly and the realization was accompanied by my usual "Wow!" There were trees all around, tall pines that blocked the sunlight. In fact, the soft light filtering through the needled branches almost looked green.
The place was secluded and felt safe.
Here they are, the resting deer, protected by the rare red tree. The fancy house in the background is inspired by Sunnyside, the home of Washington Irving here on the Hudson River. The Hudson banks were favored by many influential people, close enough to the city but just far enough away to be a retreat.
This is a small painting, watercolor and gouache, 5 1/2 x 6 inches. It's available in my shop here:
You can find prints of "Early Snow" here:
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