Oil on canvas
30 × 24 in. (approx. 76 × 61 cm)
May 23, 2013
scanned: 17875 × 14300 @600dpi
Snow blizzard drama unfolds, with dog, goose, child, mother, and bystanders.
“Snowdown” is my made-up word and a homophone of "throwdown"— colloquial for a challenge or a fight.
This fictional style oil painting is inspired by and references, by agreement, Joanne Bradley’s Snow Squall, a scenic photograph of a snow storm over the Promenade Église St-Eustache, St-Eustache, Quebec, CANADA, and the lake of Deux-Montagnes, which it overlooks.
Many thanks, @Joanne!
Introducing the Characters
(shown at greatly reduced size)
Mother and Child:
Mother: temporarily blinded by the snow is lost to the fact that her child is no longer by her side.
Child: slips behind the mother, to call her dog, who has just taken off after the goose.
Dog: lunges away to give chase to a goose who may have paused too long for takeoff.
Goose: makes its stand against the dog. Its puffy chest and display of wings
make it look bigger than the dog. Will it prevail.
Flying Goose: took off over the lake, apparently oblivious to its mate’s plight.
Office Manager at the lampost
Office Manager: having sent home the staff, an hour ago, just wants to get out of this freezing wind and snow, and home where it’s warm. He hugs the fence along the trek and pauses at the lamp post. Drama, what drama?
Concerned bystander: thinking, “OMGosh, oh, this lady sees nothing. Her child, her dog, the goose, oh my! Stop!”
Tree: has seen it all.
Enjoy the play!