Acrylic, 8 x 10
The snow is beautiful when it first begins falling in November or December. I love its fluffy softness, the quiet that it brings to the earth. I can't imagine going through an entire Christmas season without at least one snow fall, it adds to the excitement and mystery of it all, even for the child within this aging body. But by February it gets a little old and not so magical. It means slippery roads and cold, cold temperatures and boots and heavy coats, and feeling chilled all the way through to your bones. It means the dogs don't even like playing outside so they just give me that reproachful look all day, as if I should do something, ANYTHING, to make it all go away. On days like that, I am thankful that God gave someone the inspiration to invent the digital camera. I spend days at a time sifting through old memories on my iPhoto reliving better days and looking for spots of color. And suddenly there they are, in all their glory - tulips, iris, day lilies and even roses, just as fresh and perfect as they were last summer! Today, I am sharing one of my favorites, a lavender-blue iris in full bloom. After all, it is February, can spring be far behind?
This painting is no longer available. It was listed on Daily Painters and Art Helping Animals this week and snatched up almost immediately by one of my collectors in Los Angeles. I can't imagine that she is having the same sort of winter that I am, but perhaps it brings back memories of another sort. Most likely there will be more of these, as this one gave me great satisfaction and not just a little comfort to paint.
I have been falling down on the job here in "blogland," not keeping up either with posting my own or commenting on my blog friend's posts. I am sorry, and I will try to catch up with it all very soon. Sometimes things just pile up and there just aren't enough hours in the day. I can relate to the white queen- or was it the king? - in Alice and the Looking Glass. "Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that! " Have a great week!!!