Winter Cathedral

A winter view from the Whaleback Vineyard in Poultney, looking south toward Lake St. Catherine and the Mettowee Valley.

As I was setting up to paint, the barn with its magnificent cupola reminded me of a church.

Having a simple creative concept like that from the start provides a north star of sorts, helping me to stay on track.

Here, in my mind as I painted, the congregation of farm buildings and bare winter trees gather together to sing a hymn of harmony.

“You may go into a great cathedral and the impression may be deep upon you. Must you define what you have felt? If you can you are a poet – an artist. There are cathedrals which have measures of great and many meanings.” Robert Henri, The Art Spirit