"Winter Is Departing" - A Landscape

11:53 AM

I've been starting this post over and over again this morning. I begin writing, and after a sentence or ten, a paragraph or four, I hold backspace on my keyboard. It's been one of those strange mornings were my to-do list is unreasonable, and yet, for the first time in too long, the sun is shining bright into my usually dark, garden-level home (glorified almost-basement;) so I feel like everything is right in the world, and I feel pretty good about not being able to tackle all my responsibilities for today. It's certainly a day to be grateful for.

I painted this piece over the weekend and finished it this morning; I call it "Winter Is Departing"* because it doesn't quite feel like spring, and it doesn't quite look like spring, but it's getting there and that change is beautiful, both in the painting and my reality. After finishing it, it reminded me of a poem by Robert Frost. I studied poetry for a couple years before high school (and maybe in high school too? The timeline is kind of fuzzy in my mind.) Once in a while, one of those poems will come back to me and I relish on it. This is one of those poems and one of those times. If you aren't sure of the metaphor to this poem, do a little studying--it's beautiful!

Robert Frost (1874–1963). North of Boston. 1915.

The Pasture

I’m going out to clean the pasture spring; 
I’ll only stop to rake the leaves away 
(And wait to watch the water clear, I may): 
I sha’n’t be gone long.—You come too. 

I’m going out to fetch the little calf 
That’s standing by the mother. It’s so young, 
It totters when she licks it with her tongue. 
I sha’n’t be gone long.—You come too.

*"Winter Is Departing" Oil on Canvas Panel - 9x12in. (Available - Please email sarahnightingaleart@gmail.com for details.)

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