Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Thoughts of Spring

Thoughts of Spring, 14x11in. Oil on linen/panel

Thoughts of Spring

As winter blankets the earth in white, thoughts of Spring bring comfort. Pussy willows rescued from last Spring stand happily in their glass encasement. Their soft texture evokes memories of childhood where  imaginations spun stories of these mini felines.
It was even said they mewed softly when unattended. 

Today they are accompanied by a spring bird and ribbon. Their companions gleefully rejoice, knowing that Spring will bring the earth to life within a short while. Patience and time will be one’s keeper as nature continues its journey bringing Spring to our door in due time.

Debbie Lamey-MacDonald ©

Since childhood, I have had an adoration for pussy willows and am always delighted to see them in early Spring. They are one of the first forms of life on trees, a sign that the world is about to awaken from its winter slumber! As children we loved making up stories about them and pretended they were small kittens. Their softness always felt so comforting as we rubbed them against our cheeks. 

Last Spring I rescued these pussy willows before they turned to seed. I took them home to my studio, set up my still life and began this painting. Then the warmer weather came and if you have been following me for long, you know that nature becomes my studio! Painting on location beckons and I'm off playing in nature's vast outdoor studio. Needless, to say my painting remained unfinished until recently. 

I am so happy I decided to complete it during the time we were receiving frigid weather.  It made me happy and gave me hope that Spring would be coming along soon. 

I would love to hear your stories about pussy willows. Did you pick them as children? If you are an artist do you like painting them?

Cross your fingers for an early Spring if you live in a four season climate. 

Cheers to one of nature's beautiful offerings!



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  1. Anonymous10:44 PM

    Lovely, both the painting and the words THANK YOU. Packleader66

    1. Oh Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog! I appreciate your kind words. Cheers to an early Spring!

  2. Sweet painting and blog post, I love them both :O)

    1. Thanks so much Shannon! :D

  3. I like your paintings, Debbie! I once lived in Nova Scotia near Halifax. A painting of a house you did looks just like one I lived in... an old sea captains house in Dartmouth.

  4. Hi Diane--I love your work too! Thanks so much for visiting and your kind words! Oh that is so neat that you once lived in Nova Scotia and that one of my paintings reminded you of your old home. It really is a small world! There are some really charming homes in Dartmouth and Halifax. Really happy to meet you and make a connection! :D


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