I guess it was too much to hope that 2014 would begin, by some miracle, with a spa day, a soak in a jacuzzi, or a plane ticket to the Bahamas. Instead it dropped a blizzard and sub-zero temperatures across much of the United States. Well, it is January after all. And it is cold, man. Like -14 level of cold. Brrr!
Of course, not one group of guys came knocking on my door to offer snow removal. The only able-bodied young men who trudged down my street today were carrying sleds not shovels. I probably should have joined them! But no, I did the shoveling all by myself. Normally I don’t mind the exertion and exercise but I think I have shin splints or something in my lower right leg, and it kinda hurts. Years of full time art modeling catching up with me perhaps. It’s all those long standing poses! Okay, maybe not.
Anyway, here’s a little art to kick off the new year. It’s a snow scene by George Wesley Bellows, an artist who had a great talent for painting snowy landscapes and cityscapes. Oh sure Bellows was good at painting snow, but did he shovel?
George Wesley Bellows, Winter Afternoon, 1909:
I hope you’re all keeping warm and staying safe where you are. If you’re in need of some reading material, check out my friend Daniel Maidman’s latest piece on the Huffington Post. I don’t know if I’m fully worthy of his incredibly kind and unstinting praise, but I’m very honored that he discussed me and the Museworthy Art Show in his piece. Other elements of his superb art exploration include John Singer Sargent, Dorian Vallejo, and our good friend Fred Hatt.
Cheers everyone! And Happy New Year!