Gordon Henschel original artwork.

A Brush with Henschel: After the storm

“After the Storm” was painted using Nimpkish Lake as a background.

I was sitting by my living room window, having a drink and enjoying the view of the lawn and the Rhododendrons spaced about it.

It was about 2 p.m. in the afternoon prior to Christmas Eve; a beautiful day but a bit cloudy, when I spotted the first snowflake. I wanted to attend the Christmas Eve dinner at 5 p.m.

The first snowflake turned into a dozen or more until I was totally into it, mesmerized! There is nothing more enthralling than being captivated by the first snowfall of the year.

Two hours later I headed for the church, which was offering a dinner before the actual Christmas Service began. By the time I got there I was slugging through 5 inches of fresh “White Christmas” snow that I hadn’t been dreaming of.

Of course it was meant to be!

The snow did not want to leave us, using a cold spell to guarantee a lasting presence. It stayed long enough for me to put it on paper! Watercolour, for me, is the most desirable medium for painting snow. With an emphasis on all the whites, you simply use the white of your paper to turn a negative white space into a positive image which you can surround with darker colours.

This painting, which I named “After the Storm”, was painted with this in mind, using Nimpkish Lake as a background. Far above the lake, it exposed all the beautiful misty hills surrounding the area.

Where is our snow this winter? I needed to show this painting now just in case it’s our only memory of snow at our “below the mountains” level! Enjoy your winter; it may become white yet.

Comments e-mail: ghenschel@shaw.ca, or website: www.henschel.ca

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