The snow started late this year, just around Christmas (there have been winters where it snows before halloween); and other than a week of unusual mild temps back in January, the snow hasn’t really stopped.
Most of Canada (other then the west coast) gets some heavy duty snowfall during our winter season (which can feel like forever, even though it’s “technically” only 3 months). Many people here hate winter. They hate the cold. The lack of sun has nasty affects on our moods, and this time of year is very depressing for a lot of Canadians.
I, on the other hand, have come to love winter. I love the fresh air, the fresh snow falls, the solitude, and by February I feel the sun coming closer and days getting longer again. This time of year is a turning point of hope for me- I already feel (despite the foot of snow outside and yesterdays blizzard) that spring is coming.
My January chaos (a.k.a. depression) is over, and I am back into my normal routine. This morning I was up before the sun, and decided to hit the waterfront before anyone else did. The heavy blue clouds hanging in the sky, the still dark water, and the white untouched snow were enough to calm me for days. This solitude refills me. It motivates me to paint.
A few days ago I wrote a blog about my love of Lake Ontario. I wrote it while paint was drying, and afterwards I started 5 new canvases. These are just the beginning of the next series inspired by my “home” Lake O.
At this point I now have 14 canvases I’m working on. Paintings of the Rockies, Hoodoos, Killarney and Lake Ontario. Yikes. I need to finish some soon! Remember you can follow me on Facebook Jennifer Anne Burke, or find me on Instagram @BurkeUntitled.