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Friday, January 8, 2010

January 8, Long Prairie

The plan was to paint tomatoes today. But then we drove into town before the sun came up. It wasn't all that early. The sun peeks over the distant hills rather late these January mornings. We were driving the hilly terrain on the road to take Savannah to school and for Ron and me to work out at Snap Fitness. The colors of the sky were soft pastels and all of the trees were dark silhouettes. Purply gray vapors rose from the packing plant and drifted off to the south while lights twinkled from Long Praire nestled in the valley.

It was a quick 15 second glimpse at 50 mph. So, this painting, while not an exact image of the scene, is my impression of Long Prairie at 7:45 a.m. on January 8, 2010.

The tomatoes will become lunch and I'll have to buy new ones to paint.

This painting is 16" x 20" and priced at $80.


  1. Wow. This one is my favorite of the year; well, first favorite. The subtelties of the colors and the light give it a surreal quality. Of course, the great story about a before Dawn drive, a fleeting deep winter experience captured, the thoughts of so many generations, now lost, seeing the same scene for just seconds. This one is just wojnerfuiufsdoui;lkjlky

  2. I love your comments, Jim. They mean a lot to me.

  3. Driving in on the north river road is the best view of Long Prairie! You captured the season and scene perfectly! Thank you for creating.