Sunday, February 10, 2008

Still Snowing

Although February is the shortest month, even in a Leap Year, it always feels to me like the longest. It's almost six weeks since the Christmas holidays, and it will be six more weeks until Easter. Post holiday dieting and economy have lost their novelty value but not yet produced results to brag about. Although hours of daylight increase, they tend to be overcast, and my God, when was the last time I saw some colour outside of a grocery store?

Yes, I've got that most Canadian of disorders, the February Blahs. I often wonder if people in warmer climates are afflicted with this annual visitation of ennui, or is it purely for the enjoyment of northern peoples?

As far as I know, there is no escape from the Blahs unless you actually get on an airplane and go south. All the little dodges people try, like making Margaritas at home and pretending you're in Mexico, offer only the most temporary relief. You just wake up the next morning, all blah again, and with a headache too. Years ago there was an article in the Ottawa Citizen about a family that made an elaborate plan to beat the Blahs, involving an all-day drive with stops at all their favourite places, but of course everything went wrong and in the end they were the beaten ones.

But we're Canadian, eh? We know that if you just keep waking up, day after day, spring has to come in the end, and will be all the sweeter for the wait.

I'm trying to work out a composition for my snowblower picture, and thought this vertical format might be good.

And I'm working on getting lights shining through falling snow. So far I haven't got close.

There are always trees. Some of them are even green.

This isn't a sunset, just the reflection of one from the south facing window.


Vhrsti said...

Admire your watercolor skills! Wonderful works!

Britt-Arnhild said...

I love your watercolours Agnes.

We seem to be on the same "Blah" here in Norway.

Cathy Gatland said...

February here is usually still hot`(which produces it's own ennui), and people are recovering from the December over-indulgences and the long summer holidays... this year we had weeks of cold and rain, which definitely had everyone confused and down in the dumps - very happy to see the sun back this week. But all your snow does make for some lovely soft watercolours, so hope they bring you some respite from the blahs. Thanks for your visit and comment, hope you'll be back, as I will - nice to meet you!

Anonymous said...

I like the format you picked for you snowblower painting, and colors too.