It's been a cold wet winter, made even more depressing by the passing of several loved ones.. As always, I have turned to painting the beauty of nature for comfort.
At first I had to look for it... At the End of January the skies were gray, the ground wet, and the grasses and most trees still dormant, but here and there a shrub would burst into bloom reminding me that life does goes on.
By the end of February the grasses were greening , the Flowering Pears were starting to bloom and spring bulbs were starting to appear.
These were followed by the more colorful peach and cherry trees.
And now everywhere I look there are massive displays of joy in being alive.
While my heart is still heavy with loss, but the act of documenting all this youthful exuberance has been teaching me a good lesson. Life is a process, not a single event, and one should appreciate each and every moment with the people and the beauty they bring into our lives.