Winter Blues


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Detail, Ice Lake, 2014, mixed media on canvas, 48" x 36"

Winter has been rough this year for everyone on the East Coast. Ice, snow and below-freezing temperatures have been the norm for weeks now. It is easy for Seasonal Affective Disorder to kick in as you scroll through all the photos on Facebook of friends who have run away to island vacations. But in this, as with just about everything in life, art saves. To be clear, I am not suggesting that you put a poster of a palm tree on your wall. While sometimes art does help us escape, the practice of art saves us from the unwanted parts of our experience by helping us embrace them. Art invites us to see winter in a new way that can even make you cherish it to the point where you are sorry to see it go. That may seem impossible when we are all longing for spring. But there are things that happen only in winter, and we can miss them if we aren't looking - beautiful, magical, ephemeral things...

Blue - Of course the blue skies of summer are cheerful and inviting, but in winter, blue expands in a subtle range of hues in the sky and landscape that are intensified by the cold and dramatized by the dark. The grayish tints of the afternoon sky, the shadows on the ice, the deep horizon just before dawn - everywhere it is as if someone clicked the "Cool" filter in Photoshop. It is truly the best time of year to explore the color blue in all its complexity and mystery.