I never liked winter, except for Christmas(and I didn’t like Christmas for the real reason, but for the presents). I was waiting all year long, counting the days until Christmas. So for the sake of one day I was willing to put up with all the cold freezing months. Growing up in Europe in all my 18 years that I lived there... as a child I didn’t care much about beautiful dolls and toys, I wouldn’t even ask for art supplies. What we wanted for Christmas, was what we actually needed. Leather fur lined boots, a few pairs of gloves, hats, huge scarfs, warm jackets( what do you know bomber jackets were in style 20 years ago) and let’s not forget the oranges(any real Romanian followers?).
The beauty of snow and the fun me and my siblings had in the snow, made the slouchy, muddy snow (after the sun came out)somewhat bearable. If we didn’t get snow, we would pray for snow (but there was no Christmas without snow). No matter how wet, how cold, how freezing our faces would get walking to school and back in deep knee snow. We still wanted snow.
Today, living in a state thats warm throughout the year, there is almost no need for all the cozy sweaters,furry boots that I own, and seeing snow it’s always an option. I can’t say I pray for it. I can’t say that I want to play in it. But all the same I miss my memories as a child. Experiencing Christmas like a child, seeing it through the eyes of children is the closest we will ever get to relive those memories. As adults, we don’t pray for snow(and regardless of our heartache and bad experiences) we pray to get married, as parents you pray for another child. As artists we want to paint another painting. But if we are focusing on all the pain and what we have to endure to get were we are going .. we will never make one step. For the sake of love, we are willing to go through heartache, for the sake of accomplishing goals we make sacrifices. I encourage you, to look beyond the present moment if it’s a painful one, and if it’s one of celebration hold on to it. Record it, and imprint it in your memory.
Thank you @hebenj for allowing me to paint this stunning shot 🦢🌫