As winter settles in on the forest the transition offers a completely new set of challenges to me. The forest’s underbelly is shifting daily revealing new and complex systems alive with activity. Decaying leaves drape barren branches as if a large brown blanket has been laid down to provide cover with the onset of harsh temperatures, winds and precipitation. The upper canopy is void of the greenery I observed and painted in the summer. A diffuse gray light now reaches the forest floor with intermittent bursts of sunlight sneaking out from behind the heavy cloud cover. It’s generally in the 40’s; today I was able to paint for about 3.5 hours before my hands got too cold to manage with my brushes. I continue to study the geometry of the forest with great interest.