I thought I might share a photo or two from my snowbound house in Muskoka. I feel like I was mysteriously swept to Alaska this year. We have had over 12 feet fall so far and most of it is still on my front lawn! Even if spring comes on time, I expect it will take weeks for the snow to all melt! That is still over 2 months away here. I wonder if we’ll be able to see green by Easter?
I am getting very close to the launch of the updated website and the Small Paintings blog. I am just working out some last bugs and I hope to be launching everything within a week. The hold-up is actually at the easel, not on the computer. I find painting under all this snow difficult (my studio is well under the snow level now so there is only artificial light). It is around this time that my mood and energy diminish a little and it takes a lot more effort to get things done. I am happy to report that I can actually notice a slight difference to the length of the day. If it is clear, you can see the sun is not down before 5 pm. Relief is on the way… eventually!
Some years ago, I was asked to make a bowl to donate to a local children’s literacy fundraiser.
The bowl was intended to be used for soup on the night of the fundraiser so I decided to paint on a glass bowl with enamel paints. I had to find a bowl first. I needed to find something suitable to go into the oven in order to set the paints. It turned out I could find nothing clear – just this blue glass – perfect for a goldfish bowl!
Frankly – it’s a great way to apply a painter’s skills with a little humour and fun – and enamel paints for glass are baked on in your oven. They say they are dishwasher safe, but I’d prefer to hand wash my efforts! It is a great way to be creative or get the creative juices going on something functional. It might make you smile while eating soup or cereal on a cold blustery day like today!
Considering the weather today – I hope I am always the fish with the grin!