Cold Creation

Winter is a time of quiet, hibernation, renewal, cold, waiting, rebirth and the mini death of nature’s plant life. Is is also some of the darkest days. Living on the northern east coast, means a ritual of heavy sweaters, overcoats, hats, scarves and gloves. But, it can be a time of great reflection, curling up in a natty sweater, lighting some candles, listening to music, pondering something as small as “getting a snack” or more significant like “what can you do to make your life more meaningful?”

With ice or snow covering everything, I tend to look up and notice the sky and stars. It’s wonderful to see the night light of the stars, so sometimes, I run out in the cold, with a thick sweater on and look up and I see the beautiful night sky, like a beautiful woman with the jewels of star light around her, blessing us with bits of colored  light.

When it’s cold and depressing, look to the night and stars and realize that you are a part of something wonderful and unique in this time and space. No matter what, there is no one like you in the world, no one.

I’m sitting around with loved ones, wishing you peace.

(Sky Dreads” – Mixed Media – Part of Goddess Series)

  1. Nice reflection at the end of the winter.
    Happy springtime!

    Comment by Mindful Drawing — February 14, 2011 @ 6:27 am

  2. Thoughtful and lovely post, Indigene.

    Comment by Vicki Smith — February 14, 2011 @ 7:41 am

  3. Good thoughts and great colors!

    Comment by Linda Hensley — February 14, 2011 @ 12:01 pm

  4. How nice such beautiful thoughts. The color in your illos gives always brightness to your work.

    Comment by angels — February 14, 2011 @ 5:12 pm

  5. an illustration with visual power!!!!

    Comment by roberto — February 14, 2011 @ 6:23 pm

  6. An illustration with visual power!!!

    Comment by roberto — February 14, 2011 @ 6:24 pm

  7. I love what you wrote. It's so gentle yet re-affirming. And I love the upward, thoughtful gaze on the beauty in your painting. Happy Valentine's Day to you and your loved ones!

    Comment by Bella Sinclair — February 14, 2011 @ 7:19 pm

  8. I'm happy with warmer temps, but can appreciate that you find inspiration in the crisp night sky. Beautiful work! Loved your colorful "Reverse Order" and the glowing, green and serene mermaid! :o)

    Comment by michele — February 14, 2011 @ 9:06 pm

  9. What a lovely uplifting post! Winter does put me in a contemplative mood… even here in the South (but I used to live in New England so I know those bitter winters well!)

    Comment by Curious Art — February 15, 2011 @ 7:46 pm

  10. Very reflective! It is so cold here in Canada, standing beside the window to look up the sky makes me shiver – but your post gave me a warm feeling.

    Comment by MiKa Art — February 15, 2011 @ 9:50 pm

  11. I think I needed this bright, refreshing visit to your blog and your energy-infused art. Thanks, Indigene (great name!). And these were sentiments I needed to hear>

    Comment by andrea — February 16, 2011 @ 7:06 pm

  12. I love the illustration and what you have written. The drab greyness of winter and the early darkness oppress me so I've escaped for a month and am soaking up the sunshine and the beautiiful bright colours here in Costa Rica. But you're right, there are some enjoyable aspects of winter, a drink in front of the fireplace watching snow fall through the window, it just lasts so long in Canada

    Comment by cobol — February 17, 2011 @ 6:03 pm

  13. Hi, beautiful illustration and writing. I used to live in New England and miss the winter nights.

    Comment by Claudia — February 17, 2011 @ 11:51 pm

  14. Hi Indigene,

    Oh, I know what you mean about fabric stores…I used to cruise them too, just for the pure, sensual pleasure of all that color and texture. Sadly, there is only a Ben Franklin for fabric sales now in my little town, and they cater mostly to budget quilters.

    Such a mysterious, iconic painting you posted for "sweater" with a nice contrast between the monochromatic figure and the brilliant design motifs. It would make a great altar piece…

    I know what you mean, too, about winter connecting us to the stars…our lovely Winter Intermission is over here in Northern California, and we've had about eighteen inches of cold, cold snow in the last four days. The sky, when it's not cloudy, is so brilliantly filled with stars at night, that I one can't help but go into an altered state staring up at them…and wonder about all of the generations before me who did the very same thing.

    Best wishes,

    Comment by Susan Sorrell Hill — February 19, 2011 @ 3:48 pm

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