Posts Tagged ‘new haven marsh’


My most recent landscape that is nearing completion.


The working title is late summer in the New Haven marsh on particle board. This painting has gone through a few more changes but is nearly complete.



A winter landscape of the moon rising over a frozen canal in the marsh area in north-central Ohio.


Dusk over the New Haven marsh during the winter of 2014.


I made an early morning trip to the studio this past Saturday,


Later my dogs and I explored the frozen landscape of the Willard park.


It’s interesting the prints that we leave behind, the marks we make on the landscape around us.  We think they are so permanent…yet they are just moments frozen in time soon to be washed away with the thawing and melting of spring…our days are very brief.

DSCN6773 A frozen Saturday morning that disappears almost as soon as it arrives…. we must take hold of the time we are given and live it to its fullness allowing the poetry and stillness to fill us with the gift of the Creator God.

We have enjoyed a wonderful (yet busy) spring in north central Ohio.  There are always days that bring out the gloom and dark clouds.  These images show a farm that I have watched slowly disintegrate over the past three decades.  I wonder what the farm looked like when it was first homesteaded?  I wonder how many generations farmed this land?

This section of our county is very low and bog-like.  This marshy area has been somewhat abandoned until recently and is now slowly being reclaimed. The blues and greens play against each other in these images, leaving the viewer with a sense of longing.

It reminds me of the book of Ecclesiastes where the writer states, “Everything is meaningless . . . completely meaningless! What do people get for all their hard work under the sun? Generations come and generations go, but the earth never changes. The sun rises and the sun sets, then hurries around to rise again. The wind blows south, and then turns north. Around and around it goes, blowing in circles. Rivers run into the sea, but the sea is never full. Then the water returns again to the rivers and flows out again to the sea.  Everything is wearisome beyond description. No matter how much we see, we are never satisfied. No matter how much we hear, we are not content. History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new. Sometimes people say, ‘Here is something new!’ But actually it is old; nothing is ever truly new. We don’t remember what happened in the past, and in future generations, no one will remember what we are doing now.”

Yet like the sudden and seeming unexpected return of spring from a long cold winter, the sun breaks through the clouds to remind us there is always hope in the midst of all the gloom.


I have been reviewing my art work from the past few years, which has primarily been photography.  I have found several areas around Willard where I enjoy viewing the changing seasons. Many of them are on my way coming and going to one of the four schools where I teach art.  This image  from January 2007 was captured along Bullhead Road near a place where my school bus traveled every day.  There was an old house that stood near this location, and the story that was told to us by the older kids on the bus was it was haunted and someone was killed there, and if you came by on a dark night you could see the ghost. I remember always looking very close to see if there was anything to the story.  It’s funny the stories we remember from childhood.  The house is no longer there, and the location is on the edge of what remains of the marshland that used to dominate the whole area before it was drained for agricultural use.

The next image from January 2008 was again captured on Bullhead road only it was five miles south of the other location and this time facing east across the New Haven marsh.  One of the things I really like about this image is the otherworldly quality it has.  This image alludes to looking into another world, a wilder place with a past that is yet to be discovered as a new day dawns.

This image is from one of my favorite locations to photograph in Huron county on Peru Center Road.  Photographed in 2009, this was the last year I drove this road on a weekly basis as the school in this area was closed and sold when our school district began to consolidate its student population and buildings.  I love the line of trees, shadows, and the red barn in the background.  I found out that this location was the former farm/homestead of a co-worker’s family.

I titled this image (which is the same location as the previous image on Peru Center Road) “Blue Cold.”  Photographed January 2009, this image has so much snap as the white and blue play off one another and the trees reach out, seeming to hold on to one another.  I enjoy how the red barn in the background along the horizon holds the viewer’s attention.  2009 was a very tough year in our area economically, and this image poses the question, “Will spring ever return to this area?”

This image is new, from January 20, 2012; it was 1 degree out my front door as a glorious sunrise appeared.  The red sunrise was the warning of the coming snow storm that briefly visited us.  We had a little over three inches of snow by Saturday morning, and by Monday afternoon it had vanished with the rain and fifty degree temperatures.  This January has so far been a roller coaster ride of extremes and unusual weather.  We normally have snow that lasts all month long with very cold temperatures below freezing.  This image reminds me of the misty murkiness through which we view the reality that we live in.

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