Today we had freezing rain, regular rain, thunder, lightning and snow! Quite pretty if you’re inside looking out. 🌨💦⛈❄️
An indoor garden is a very good thing when everything is covered with ice outside. And I mean everything!🌿❄️
First painting of 2018! It’s a rural Ontario scene. I used a photo I took out the car window as my reference. I love painting skies!
Look at the mist coming from the little lake in the park. I feel like we’ve gone from winter to spring and back to winter in three days. On Friday, it was 11.8C and the snow melted down to bare sidewalks. Yesterday, the snow came back, about 35 cm, so much so that Meeko can barely get out our back door. And this morning the frigid temperatures returned, -27C (windchill -31C) when I took this photo. Who knows what tomorrow will bring?
From today’s walk in the woods. I love how the trees seem to be leaning in, not in a malevolent but a welcoming way.
I’m finally back in my studio! It usually has lovely daylight from the skylight but today it feels like a cave. The skylight is completely covered with snow. I can see an owl glaring at me. Anyone else? ❄️🦉
Snowdog says hello! ☃️🐶 It’s snowy and -6C at the moment. That feels positively balmy compared to the intense cold of the past two weeks!
One of the foods I strongly associate with Christmas during my childhood is my Grandma Viola’s cherry cake. She would make the rich buttery loaves laden with maraschino cherries each year and bring them to our house wrapped in waxed paper. When I was about 12, I asked her to write the recipe down for me and I’m so glad that I have that now. Although we still refer to this as Grandma’s cherry cake, her recipe noted that it was passed to her by our grandfather’s mother. This past summer I celebrated a big birthday and my sister Nancy @nancywallisdesigns commissioned my friend Lucile Prache of @lucileskitchen to paint the cherry cake recipe as my gift. Isn’t it beautiful? So I now have this joyful, colourful painting as a year-round reminder of our special family recipe. Speaking of which, I’m going to make a couple of loaves right now.🍒
This was my Christmas gift from Chloé: herbal teas, infused sugars and powders all featuring ingredients gathered from the Québec wild. Among the ingredients are balsam fir, wintergreen, wild mushrooms, wild mint, wildflowers and Labrador tea. 🌿