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Snowdown in Quebec. Drama under foot. by F.A. Moore

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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.

Snow Squall
by Joanne Bradley

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.

Defending Goose

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

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

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!


  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreover 1 year ago

    Please see description for credits. Many thanks to Joanne Bradley for the inspiration and reference to her photograph. I have turned the scene from one of serenity and blowing snow, to one of impending drama, in blowing snow. :) How fun was that!

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 1 year ago

    This is fabulous Frannie. :o)

  • Bunny, I’m glad you like it! :))

    – F.A. Moore

  • Thanks for stopping by!

    – F.A. Moore

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelover 1 year ago

    Great interpretation and humor!

  • Thanks so much, Cindy. Lots of drama in these winds, I think.

    – F.A. Moore

  • Barbara  Brown
    Barbara Brownover 1 year ago

    A wonderful interpretation Frannie!

  • Hi, Barbara, I’m glad you like it. Joanne is an inspiring photographer. Thank you.

    – F.A. Moore

  • Madalena Lobao-Tello
    Madalena Lobao...over 1 year ago

    Powerful and dramatic creation, love the detail, the colour, the composition…all!!!!

  • Mada, thank you for being so supportive of my efforts. I appreciate your note here.

    – F.A. Moore

  • tori yule
    tori yuleover 1 year ago

    Beautiful translation, Frannie!
    This is so pretty!

  • Thank you for following the work in progress, from start to finish, over the Host Hullabaloo galleries, Tori; and for your beautiful comment, here.

    – F.A. Moore

  • Richard George
    Richard Georgeover 1 year ago

    to be able to paint…to visualize internally…to recognize energy and substance…nicely done

  • Such a nice compliment, Rick. Thank you.

    – F.A. Moore

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyover 1 year ago

    Love your interpretation Frannie! It is charming and humorous and warms the heart on a cold winter’s day! You set the scene perfectly!

  • Joanne, thank you so much for allowing me the pleasure of working from your gorgeous photograph. This work challenged me; and I do love a self-challenge. There’s nothing better from which to grow. Great to hear from you on this work. Thank you!

    – F.A. Moore

  • Wil Zender
    Wil Zenderover 1 year ago

    So amusing and expressive interpretation, dear Frannie! Love all the composition, especially the dog, and the tree and lamppost details :D

  • Will thank you about the composition and for naming the detailed elements that caught your eye. A great comment!

    – F.A. Moore

  • © Janis Zroback
    © Janis Zrobackover 1 year ago

    You did a marvelous job in capturing how it feels to be caught in a squall Frannie…I can feel the sting of the wind myself…

  • Coming from a Canadian, such as yourself, that’s terrific to hear, Janis. Thank you. In fact, the story I had in mind is that this mother is blinded by the sting and lost track of her child momentarily, who had stopped to call after her dog (who had run off to chase the goose)!

    – F.A. Moore

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