This painting is actually from last year, I believe. It was before my son moved away to northern Wisconsin, and we could still go out for rambles together. It seemed fitting to share it with you today because yesterday we got hit with snow, and today, to seal the deal, record cold. I’m not a fan of winter… I wish I could tell you that this is how the painting looks today but I can’t. After taking this photo of it I decided it should have some more snow falling, so I went about spattering white paint on until it looked properly snowy. After a few weeks I took it to my gallery for changeover. Apparently it wasn’t as dry as I thought (it is an oil painting, somewhat new for me) and someone brushed up against it. Now it is but a smear. sigh. It sits there in the studio, reproaching me. Can I bring it back to this fresh scene, I wonder? Maybe I’ll just have prints made from this image and move on.
I do have happy news to share, and a shout out to my friends Jill and Diane 🙂 Jill is a wonderful graphic designer and she created an amazing brochure for me, while Diane is a member of our local Wild Ones chapter. They were hosting a conference last weekend and she invited me to have a table there. I felt like Cinderella, with my new brochures spread out on my table along with a small sampling of my work. It was an amazing conference, with 3 really good speakers. The final one was by a man in his 60’s who retired from one landscaping company, bought 60 acres, and is restoring it by himself. Wow! And, he has started a new firm in which he uses only natives to create wonderful, sustainable designs for people. I walked away from that conference with my hope restored. Yes, things are changing and maybe in rough shape, but it isn’t too late. We can help turn things around. He said that in the US, 60% of the land is in private hands. That means that what we do, you and I, with our yards, matters. If we can put out some native plants, and if our neighbors will as well, think what we can do with our 60%!