Not quite yet I'm sorry to say - and certainly not on a day like today when it is cool, wet, and windy! Even if we really have nothing to complain about compared with what other areas have had to deal with, I have found this winter to be a hard one to get through with snow and cold more or less constant from early December till about a week ago, when it finally disappeared - to hopefully not to be heard from again. It has been almost ten years since we have had this kind of winter, but I do remember when it actually was the norm - from then on we have had such mild winters that you kind of forget, and consequently no one was really equipped to deal with it, and it has been a total mess. I even gave away my winter boots a few years ago as I never needed them and they didn't fit too well either, but I could sure have used them this time! And shovelling snow is really not much fun either, especially not with a back like mine!
Anyway, things are looking up now with the days getting noticeably longer and brighter and, if you look closely, you can see signs of spring with some buds starting to get bigger and the spring bulbs tentatively poking their heads above ground - and I can't wait!!
I also seem to have hit a dry patch creatively and should have been prepared for that, as it tends to happen regularly at this time of year. I managed to finish one painting and am quite happy with it even if it was slow going:
and I should have known better than to start another one without really feeling up to it - and this one is driving me crazy! It is not finished yet after about four weeks of work that has felt like pulling teeth, with wrong turn after wrong turn that then needed to be fixed; so now I have put it aside for a bit, but I feel that there is too much potential to completely give up on it. A pause often helps and after a week or so I may suddenly feel like getting back to it and everything will then quickly fall into place - at least I hope so; this has happened before and I do hate to give up - I happen to have a stubborn streak!
And in the mean time I will catch up on some other things as well as starting to put together an application for a show as well as considering submitting work to a few juried shows. One I will do for sure, one possibly and another one probably not as the chances of getting in are microscopic if there at all - there is a large prize to be won and they get an enormous number of submissions from right across the country. So I might as well by a lottery ticket - the odds are about the same!
Anyway, let's hope for an early spring!