Happy Spring Equinox, everyone!
Spring is upon us, finally. Today, the sun will rise exactly in the east, and set exactly in the west. Therefore, if you have a sun dial, you might want to adjust it today.
Not only will the sun pass the celestial equator from the south into the north today, but we also have the first full moon of spring! It’s the Worm Moon, and another supermoon since it is only one day after the moon’s perigee, in other words, yesterday the moon was closest to the earth in its orbit around us, and tonight it will still appear bigger than usually, and just about completely round to boot. In case you are wondering: The vernal equinox and a full moon only fall on the same day about four times in a century. The last time this happened was on 20 March 2000, so it seems we have 2 down, 2 to go in this century.
To celebrate the occasion, we chose a spring painting by a 20th century Scottish painter, James McIntosh Patrick: Road in a Spring Landscape.
What I love about this painting is that it shows the beginning of spring like we have it here: The birds are back already, the sun is shining and there is a tint of green to the grass, but otherwise, the trees are still bare. You know by the promising light that spring is on its way, but you are still waiting for leaves, blossoms and spring flowers. I find all this wonderfully captured in McIntosh Patrick’s painting.
James McIntosh Patrick (1907 – 1998) was a Scottish painter, celebrated for his finely observed paintings of the Angus landscape, Scotland. Three features typical for this painter’s work can be observed in the painting we chose: Firstly, he is known mainly for his paintings of cultivated landscapes in the Scottish countryside. Secondly, his landscapes are often very wide in scope yet meticulously detailed. Lastly, he frequently make use of lanes, roads, waterways or other features leading from foreground to middle distance or beyond to draw the viewer into the picture.
If you follow the link above, you will find a rather detailed bio and some more paintings for your perusal.