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I love snow days.


It has been snowing like mad in Seattle the last few days. When I moved to Seattle, being in the north, I expected that I would see lots of snow. I was wrong about that. It snows about as much in Seattle as it did in Arkansas. Which means this. When there are two inches on the ground, people are going to freak out and everything will shut down.

I love that about Seattle.

Now really, Seattle can’t be too much blamed for this reaction. It is a very hilly city and driving around in it can be very hazardous. And in fact, we’ve had about 6 inches over the last few days, which was awesome! What it also means for me, is that I’ve had two snow days off from work this week! I’ve had time to walk in the snow, throw some snow balls, make a snow angel, and even make a snow woman.

I know. She’s awesome.

I find it such a treat when it snows. It is like the heavens open up maybe once a year and cover us in a beautiful, weird substance to play in.

And since I had a few unexpected days off from work, I decided to do some painting.

Wet sidewalks

I was inspired to do this one before the snow started. There had been a lot of rain and I loved the way that the light was reflecting off of wet sidewalks. I found a picture online that reflected the colors I wanted to work with and used it as inspiration. This was a fun one to work on and I’m happy with the variety of color that came out of it.

I’ve also become addicted to Pinterest recently. If you don’t know what that is, you should check it out. It is basically a place where people find interesting pictures that link back to interesting sites and share them with their friends. You create “pinboards” that save all of the fun stuff that you’ve found interesting. I have found it very addictive to look through all the interesting things my friends have found.

Anyways, I came across a really wonderful photo shoot for a new clothing collection. In it, they were trying to get the look of 18th century portraits, while showing off the clothes. There was one photo that I used as inspiration for a new portrait.

Portrait in Pale

I’m pretty happy with how this one turned out as well. It was a challenging and yet fun color palette to work with.

Happy snow day!


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