Winter woods study -pastel, 14"x10" on prepared pumice ground on water colour paper
This was actually February or March from two years ago - somewhere between Dundas and Guelph. (I do have the map in a binder somewhere - I'm just too indolent to look it up.) I did a number of winter plein air sessions with the great Catherine Gibbon. It was slippery underfoot, beneath the snow. Because it had melted and then grown cold there was a layer of ice beneath the snow and it was treacherous trying to get from a to b but nonetheless very pleasant to be outside for a couple of hours – most of the time being taken up with lugging materials and setting up.
Now two years later - early afternoon I had a wild time cycling around my neighborhood on my new bicycle, the Kona Honky Tonk – up and down local streets. But there was a promise of snow to come from the weather people and not to prove them wrong or disappoint them, it’s now here. Snow. It has arrived with moderate abundance. The weather, the weather – how exciting, how exasperating, how marvelous, how banal, how inevitable the weather.