Saturday, February 19, 2011

Lightning in February

Unusually warm weather for February was suddenly chilled back to winter with cold air and thunderstorms, at least in Massachusetts. Vivid lightning reflected off the snow and a downpour failed to melt anything. I painted this picture to represent a summer night storm. I have always seen lightning as pink or purple but those colors are supposedly due to refraction in the air around it. This winter has also seen "thunder snow" where lightning and thunder accompany heavy snow rather than rain.

"Summer Night" is acrylic on illustration board, 7" x 10", June 1991.

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