Friday, February 08, 2013

Snow Day!

 "Fresh Snow,"  11 x 14 oil on canvas

It's been a bit of a difficult winter to have horses in Southern Ontario - at first the mild weather was nice - I mean, who really likes the cold, anyway?  Mud does get old after a while though, and then when the temperatures finally did drop, the footing got treacherous for the horses.  We got a bit of snow to provide relief for a while, but then it rained...and froze...and snowed...and rained....and froze again.  I have a bunch of horses who are wild in their stalls because when they're outside, they just can't do anything!  The yearlings aren't so bad off, because their paddock is a bit better, but still...some of these very cold mornings, turning out has been a bit more dramatic than I like!

Finally, we have had a good, old-fashioned snowstorm.  It has been a while since we've had this much snow - I'm talking years.  As much as I'm not winter's greatest fan, I am happy the horses will finally have some good footing!  It also makes for great reference photos!

I've done a number of snow paintings, but it's been a while.  Something about two winters in a row without much of the white stuff hasn't been all that inspiring.  Hoping there will be some new material to reignite that inspiration!  I have been painting, but everything is a work in progress at the moment.  If you'd like to see some of what's been going on, take a peek at my Facebook page.  One is nearing completion....as soon as it's done, I'll be sure to post it here!

2 comments:

T Myers said...

how much more snow do you think we are going to get??? The ponies dont seem to mind!

Linda Shantz said...

It's pretty much slowed down here! They're sure going to have fun tomorrow! Camera will be out for sure!