I heard on TV yesterday that spring is a month away. What?
During our pandemic lockdowns, time has taken on this new characteristic of seeming to move simultaneously at a snail’s pace AND like a rocket. It’s a bit discombobulating! But hearing this bit of news instantly provided a lift to the day.
I remember last spring the world was reeling from so many hurts and losses, and as I often do, I escaped some of this pain by painting a cheerful subject. The subject was of a springtime tradition we’d undertaken each year, visiting nearby Niagara On The Lake to see the multitude of tulips along Queen Street. In spring 2020, out-of-town visitors were told not to come due to the pandemic, and so we didn’t.
When I finished this particular miniature last May, I tried to write a blog story about this lovely scene, but each version (and there were many) felt “off” considering the times. And I felt off, too. So I chose not to write about it at all.
A year later, I am finding reasons to be more hopeful about this coming spring. How about you? There is still a long way to go as our world heals, and who knows if we’ll be given the all-clear to freely resume traditions like visiting friends, family or Niagara On The Lake for the tulips.
But I do feel like my heart is allowing me to, once again, post a story and painting about nothing more than an appreciation of beautiful flowers – a sign of renewal, a sign of spring.
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Thank for that reminder that Spring is coming. It is minus 18 degrees Celsius here this morning, but your art and your words bring a lift to my spirit. MBW
Glad to hear that the post might have warmed things up a bit! Looking forward to lunching on your beachfront again!
This is an uplifting painting, full of hope. Something we all need right now. Thanks for sharing it.
Fingers and toes crossed we can enjoy the change of season more than last year. Couldn’t we use a good dose of tulip colour!
Beautiful art Marion! Hoping that we’ll be able to enjoy the season this year. Thanks for giving us a peek of what’s to come.
Hi, Sheilla! So great to hear from you! Yes, I do hope we can stop all this “stay at home” stuff and enjoy the Ontario spring!