Something Beautiful is a self-imposed initiative to find a visual feast for each day of the year.
The tranquility of a winter’s scene. The promise implied in clean white snow. The unique contrasts and colors of the barren months. These are some of the reasons winter appeals to artists. In looking for beautiful paintings of winter, I came across Jonathan Goodding’s work. A native of Lincoln, Nebraska. He paints the landscapes of his native area and describes his work this way: “As I seek to make landscapes that are visually and emotionally powerful, I find a strong affinity with the Romantic painters of the sublime landscape, such as (J.M.W.) Turner or (Casper David) Friedrich. Although the aesthetics of my work are heavily influenced by abstract expressionism, it is the concept of the sublime that most eloquently describes the intentions I have for my artwork. A sublime landscape possesses a sense of grandeur, intensity and importance: It has the ability to make humans feel small, to see their lives with perspective and their troubles as less important.” The last two sentences really capture my own affinity for landscape painting. The power, universality, and timelessness of the land is something of truly great beauty.