It's coming - feel the bitter bite in the wind, and you will know that, even though Winter is a month away, The Snow Queen has sent out her advance publicity. I don't mind Winter, in fact, I enjoy it as I do all the seasons. Not that I'm a hearty outdoor type. But I love the feeling that Home is the place to be when the snow blows and cold settles in. Getting ready for Winter during the short November days is a ritual I enjoy. The house, including the fireplace is ready and the garden is sleeping, there's a good supply of necessary meds, of food, pet food, and the thing you really don't want to run out of . . . Cat Litter! It's time to settle in the studio and spend peaceful, happy days painting, with the fireplace making things cozy and the dogs and cats snoozing in their favourite spots. It's a good time to update my Art Journal with all the things I haven't had time to enter for a while.
I've kept an Art Journal for quite a while - I'm on my third one now. I keep a record of my work, nice emails that praise my work, (love those!) jot down my thoughts on things, and keep track of what is happening in my part of the art world. Uh-huh, there's a juicy tid-bit or two in them, but my lips are zipped! :0
I'm stocking up now on watercolour paper, paints, brushes, pencils, etc. and I'm planning on getting to grips with some acrylics this winter. I have a number of dog, horse, and country type painting lined up to do as well. Can't wait to get at them! There will be books to read too, during the cold evenings, and movies to watch while cuddled up with my Sweetie - and the dogs.
Even if you are not one to swoosh down the hills on a pair of narrow slats, (OK, I'm not a skiier) winter can be wonderful if you find a quiet, toasty corner, know that the pantry is full, and you are set up to do something you enjoy. Are we ready for it?