"Winter Bights" oil, 6 x 6, $85
Today is Day 19 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge that I signed on to be apart of with Leslie Saeta and over 260 other artists.
My theme is: Connecticut Treasures.
For the past few days each morning I saw the most beautiful sunrises - just so colorful and amazing to look at. So this morning Dean and I decided to go over to our friend Jim's house and bring my plain air gear down to the little pond behind his house. It was about 8:20am when the sun was high enough to peak over the trees to the left and cast long cool blue shadow and the snow and ice on the pond were reflecting warm pastel colors of yellow, salmon and pinks. The weather has been warm for January and the pond isn't completely frozen over but when it does, we all enjoy ice skating on it. Geographically speaking, we are situated very near the base of Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden, CT. It's a beautiful park in every season and the views from the peak are splendid.
According to trails.com "To appreciate the Sleeping Giant, you must view him from a distance. If you look north from New Haven harbor, you’ll see him lying on his back with his head to the west and his feet facing east. According to one Native American legend, the Sleeping Giant is the spirit Hobbomock, who, after causing the Connecticut River to change course, became the victim of a spell cast by another spirit that put him to sleep forever.
A beautifully illustrated children's book titled "The Legend of Hobbomock" was written by Jason J. Marchi and illustrated by Jesse J. Bonelli.
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