Saturday, March 30, 2013

NEW HAMPSHIRE SCENES: Last Week and Soon, Maybe!

Steps to a friend's house! 


From this scene

                     And this scene

                                  only ten days ago,
Steps to a friend's back yard!

                To Snow Drops
and Crocus
                 and Bluettes 


It's the miracle of Spring!

I admit, 
I had to go south 
of the White Mountains
to get photos of the 
Snow Drops and Crocus and Bluets
that snow is melting,
and beneath it all
with green tips poking bravely upward
are the bulbs we planted 
and millions of wildflowers,

Just waiting!

I promise a photo and three paintings
of bluets, 
when the ones near home appear.

I'll paint the rocks that
heat in the sun
uncover first.

Because rocks too, have something to say
about Spring!


Thursday, March 21, 2013

NEW HAMPSHIRE SCENES: It didn't go yet!

"Be careful what you wish, for," has been said often.
My last blog, "Snow going,"  ended with,  "Maybe one more storm." 
The ground patterns I had been watching around the trees
have entirely disappeared. 
The snow came back!
But the temperatures are still below freezing at night (12 last night) and well above during the day (40 at the moment). 
We are left with confused icicles! 

And confused people...
It's the first day of Spring, but looks like winter, feels like winter in the morning,
and turns to Spring by afternoon...the old case of March 
coming in like a lion and out like a lamb.
March is definitely in transition. 

Sap is still rising, however, and sugar shacks are still boiling,
so for those of us whose creativity is aligned with the weather, we can move onward with our projects.  If Spring doesn't appear to be here in full force, at least it is wavering and showing signs of approaching, despite the "backslide" into winter.
Admittedly, ground patterns had me thinking about Spring, but the snow pushed me back to winter thoughts and I've used it to advantage. Artists can find patterns in any season...

Check out my changed home page at ...
I've switched to White Mountain emphasis, have two new paintings of winter, two categories added to my web (Can you tell which are the new ones?) and a few last comments on winter as well. 

Patterns   Pastel   9x12 
Do I dare say it?

 "But, maybe, perhaps, we could have one more snow storm? "

Thursday, March 14, 2013



Lily in her blossoming glory of snow.
January brings snow and resolutions!
We may make our resolutions in January,
or even think about them in December, 
but how many of us really carry them out.
by February we have lagged, if we even managed a decent start! (I didn't!) 

In the White Mountains of New Hampshire
 some of us know the reason! 
Some of us are aligned with nature!  

That white snow is a blanket, covering, protecting, beautifying, and giving rest to the land. 
Wood piles ready...
Of old, we spent summer and fall storing our food, stacking our fuel, working against the winter to come.

Winter, then, is traditionally the time of resting and reflecting and using that wood for cozy fires 

Snow going
snow to some of  us is skiing ,  snowboarding,
snow shoeing, ice fishing...

but those are rest in their ways
They are ways to wait for the snow to  go...

When we see the tell tale signs of the snow piles shrinking, 
of the ground patches spreading around the trees and rocks, 
Wood piles shrinking, along with the snow!

we know what is happening, 
we know what time it is. 

When the temperature is above freezing during the day,
and below freezing at night,
buckets come out.
The land is waking 
and rising to the call of spring...
It's sugaring time...

And, if we're aligned with nature, perhaps we can now move forward on our resolutions.

But, maybe, perhaps, we could have one more snow storm? 

(For paintings of NH snow scenes and "Lily," visit my website Barbara McEvoy, Artist.Com)