Hi friends and family! Hi Kayla!
Today is going to be a shorter post because I have a date with my aunt this morning- we’re heading to the Montreal Museum of Fine Art to see the Calder show, very “on brand”, I know. I don’t know that much about Calder so I’m excited to see some art that I’m not familiar with and to learn some new things.
Anyway, this post is not about that. This post is about how the weather is changing (we had our first real snow this morning) and about how inspiration can come from anywhere.
My friend Amber at The Kraken Art Gallery & Studio is hosting a Wintertide exhibition and since I’m a big fan of themed-anythings, I wanted to make a piece for the show. Oil paint can be kind of finicky to work with because of the drying time and I had limited time on my hands so I decided to make a small piece. Originally, I thought that I would scroll through some stock photos to see what I could find for inspiration - but then I remembered that I had taken some wintery photos the last time that I was on the train between London and Chatham. While in search of those, I found these photos from when Kevin and I went to a sugar shack two years ago.
The photos caught my eye right away because of the contrast between darks and lights as well as the juxtaposition of the cool blue shadows and the bright pops of pink and orange highlights on the snow. I remember feeling grateful in the moment that I took these photos. I felt lucky to be present to witness such a beautiful sunset after having spent a delightful day eating too much in a cozy cabin and traipsing around in the trees outside.
I took these in March of last year, but we’re heading into the winter again and all I want to do is eat comfort food, drink boozy tea and wrap myself up in blankets to read a good book. I have a lot of painting projects coming up too, so I’ll be taking advantage of the cold weather by spending extra time inside in the studio.
I hope that you all have the time to complete your cozy winter rituals, whatever they may be. It’s a good time of the year to slow down and appreciate the good things in our lives. Especially with so much chaos and torment happening all over the world, all of the time, it’s important for our mental health to intentionally focus on the positives every once in a while, so that we can feel refreshed and get back out to fight the good fight. For those of you who stuck around to the end, here’s a sneak peek of the piece that I’m sending off to Amber for Wintertide!