Sunday, February 24, 2019

Spring Tumbles In... and Winter Staggers Defiantly Out

                                  "Springing out of Winter" - oil on oak panel 10 x 17 inches

Although this plein air moment, painted directly from in front of our Rockport home and gallery on January 13th of 2013 the drama and mood of this very view repeats itself almost seamlessly for February 24th, 2019.

Two days ago ice spanned this inner channel view almost from shore to shore. Water appeared only where strong river current prevents total freeze over. The ever constant rhythm and flow of the River has always seen to that. Every winter.

The ice simply disappeared in the center of the channel overnight and a pathway grew steadily eastward. Within hours... a flotilla of graceful mute swans were able to work their way slowly westward against the current between the mainland and Club Island. Springtime Magic!

"Winter Rotting Away... Irondale River" - plein air oil on canvas 20 x 24 inches SOLD

The earth... scarcely bare and seen only in select southerly facing places offers a further testimony and promise that Spring is close by. One who pays attention can smell spring and even taste it in the very air that suddenly is abuzz with new visitors to our yard and feeders. Long absent goldfinches and mourning doves enter the feeding frenzy usually dominated by squadrons of selfish sparrows.

The din grows... as do the numbers of new arrivals. Chickadees, nuthatches, slate breasted juncos, blue jays and our timid resident cardinal pair add new voices to our springtime choir. And cheeriness - the underlying gift that Spring offers... fills every corner the winter wearied world.

On Friday, February 22nd as I moved about my Saturday morning ritual of preparing our garbage for pick up. I stood almost awestruck by the unmistakable trills of male robins - not heard here since their fall departure to southern warmth. Not just a single voice... but a grove of several who were obviously the vanguard of newly arrived migrants seeking to establish breeding ... and bragging rights. All played out just to gain the attention of the yet to arrive females.

Though Deb and I continue to struggle to regain our health and freedom from the painful clutches of this dreadful and unrelenting pain of the sciatica that we both have had to endure... for far too many months... Hope on the wings of this unexpected breath of Spring has arrived.

None of us can hope to be free of adversity, sadness and uncertainty in our daily lives. Each must
play the hand we are given with courage in your hand and heart. Be grateful for your blessings... and the precious gift of life and life in this magical Eden.

I am greatly blessed. Life is about living and since having to suffer helplessly alongside our lovely Allison for the pain-filled duration of her courageous journey, Deb and I fully committed ourselves to do our best to live our lives fully... in her honor. Plain and simple.

Change is indeed in the air in the natural world about us here in Rockport. But change has already been put into play by Deb and I as of February 1st. I turned the ripe age of seventy-five on February 11th. We feel that changes are warranted and timely for us both. We have set the wheels of change into motion.

Today... I wanted only to add another post from my roost here on my beloved River and to share it with my small but faithful blogging family. What remains to be told for the future...

Is a story for another day!

Good painting... and an early Happy Spring to All!

                                               "A Sweet Taste of Spring" - 20 x 16 inches

                                                       ... Coming your way SOON!


  1. Belated birthday wishes to you! Spring really is a magic time isn't it. Everything 'out there' starting to awaken again. We have started to hear the birdsong here too and have been lucky enough to have a little tease of Spring warmth and sunshine today. I hope you feel that Spring sun too - best wishes.

  2. Such an uplifting post - I send you and your wife my most vigorous wishes for continued progress in your journey toward health and healing. And a very happy belated birthday to you! As always, your paintings are gorgeous!

  3. Good morning Lisa,

    Thank you for your visit and comforting words. Glad that you are enjoying the newly found first breaths of Spring along your shoreline as well.
    We are indeed uplifted by the possibility of renewal in our lives... in a number of ways!

    Happy Spring!
    Warmest regards,

  4. Good morning Susan,

    Glad that you found the words of this recent post uplifting. That was my intent. Thank for the encouraging words about my painting. I hope to feel well enough soon to step back to the easel confidently and creatively. Painting has always been an agent for healing and structure in my thinking and daily life.. Pure joy... as you can well imagine having the same power with your brushes! I greatly admire your work and your ethic!

    Good Painting... and Happy Spring!
    Warmest regards,

  5. Good Evening Bruce, and Many Happy Returns for your birthday. I'm sure a bit of warmer weather will help with your recovery. I hope you are back to full fitness soon, ready for whatever you have planned.

    All the best,

  6. Good evening Keith... Looking forward to warmer weather... but for now... winter still rules in these parts. Very cold ... grey and snowy here today. So much so for the past three days that the river has filled back in with new ice. March will most certainly do winter in for keeps. Hoping that this sciatica will "march" out of sight as well!

    Thanks for your visit and encouraging presence... and words Keith. Plans are already in the making and underway. Soon to report in on those happenings

    Stay tuned...

    Good Painting,