Saturday, January 23, 2016
Under Snow, Life Blooms
"In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer." ~ Albert Camus
Despite snow, wind, ice: I'm working on large paintings for an upcoming one-woman show (reception April 8, March 30-May 16 at the historic Depot in Tryon NC), surrounding myself with colors of spring and summer with a world of white outside my windows. This painting is 48" x 60", in progress, from "Songs of the Earth" series. Winter is the toughest time of year for many artists: financially, spiritually, and physically. Last week, my paints froze as I used them! Life goes on: under the heavy snow lie buds whirled tight. Blue birds flit among winter branches, startling blue upon gray.
Lenten roses bloom despite freezing temperatures. Inside my old house, I bundle up with layers and layers, feeling more like a polar bear than human! Thanks to support from an N.C. Grassroots Artist grant combined with my own funds, big canvases arrived by tractor trailer three weeks ago, and after un-crating them off the wood pallet, I've pulled them free of wrappings and started composing music upon their white blank sheets in the form of colors inspired by warmth and spring ahead. This particular one, yet untitled, blooms with blush pink, hints of blue, green, tangerine and more. Others bloom as well: I've created my own invincible summer, right in the heart of winter.