Pondering By The Willow Pond

Pondering By The Willow Pond
St. Louis Photos and Fine Art Gallery
Pondering By the Willow Pond, an original oil painting by Elizabeth (Betty) Moore
March 31, 2020

It's been an interesting few weeks, being stuck at home and isolated from family and friends. At first I was absorbed in the constant stream of news on the COVID-19 on tv and social media. It wasn't long before I began feeling really depressed.

So, I turned off the tv, limited my time on social media and turned to other projects like spring cleaning, organizing my home office and studio. I started reading about some of my favorite impressionists artists, including Monet, Degas, Manet, Renoir, Cassatt, Morisot and post-impressionists including Seurat, Cezanne, Gauguin, and Van Gogh.

Sadly, I learned that early Monday, March 30, a painting, titled The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring 1884, by Van Gogh was stolen from the Netherlands' Singer Laren Museum, the day he was born on 167 years ago. The Museum was closed due to the virus.

At bit of trivia: Vincent van Gogh spent one year at the asylum in Saint-Rémy de Provence, May 1889 - 1890. This year was probably the most difficult of his entire life. It would also prove to be one of his most creative as an artist, producing 142 paintings, including the Starry Night, the Bedroom in Arles, the Mulberry Tree, series of paintings on the Olive Grove, View of the Church of Saint-Paul-de-Mausole, his most recognized several self-portraits and several featuring the Irises.

I also spent time working on new paintings for my series, "Nature Overcomes Chaos". 

Yesterday, I finished "Pondering By the Willow Pond," (size 14" x 14"), an oil painting on canvas featuring waterlilies floating in a pond under a bright blue sky in Forest Park. It is framed in a contemporary plein aire gold frame, size 19.5" x 19.5".

I fondly remember spending time relaxing in the shade under the willow tree in my grandmother's yard, reading and drawing. The tree represents learning, stability and harmony. It seemed a fitting subject in these challenging times. (Van Gogh also did several paintings featuring the willow tree.)

Last Friday, I completed, "Into The Woods," (size 18" x 14"). This impressionistic painting was inspired by my sister Molly’s photo of purple tree bark she saw during an early evening walk through the historic Tower Grove Park in St. Louis. It is framed in an ornate wood frame with gold trim, size 21" x 17".

Last Tuesday, I completed, "Aspens - Social Distancing," (size 14" x 11"). This impressionistic oil painting features aspens along the road leading into The Nature Place, a retreat near Pikes Peak in Colorado, where my family has its reunion every two years. Aspens are connected through a unique, elaborate root system, yet can grow hundreds of feet from the parent seedling. It is framed in a contemporary plein aire gold frame, size 19.5" x 16.5".

These oil paintings will be available soon on St. Louis Photos and Fine Art Gallery. 

Now would be a great time to add art to your walls as you finish those beautification projects. Or, if you've been spending time going through photos and want to commission that painting you always wanted, just send me an email. While you ponder those possibilities, I'll just happily keep painting.

Stay well,
Elizabeth (Betty) Moore
artist/photographer