Snow day – was the echo that filled the empty class room space in the studio yesterday! Snow day is the theme today!
We have been blessed with our first blizzard this winter. This is hard to believe for Saskatchewan where we have been spoiled by a mild winter with glorious sunshine and above seasonal temperatures. All this came to a screeching halt yesterday when I was woken at 6:10 am. My cell phone indicated that a message had just arrived. My design students from Weyburn were inquiring whether there would be a class. They had followed the less than pleasant weather predictions. I tuned the TV to the weather station. This took some time as I rarely make myself watch reports of snow, storms and inaccurate predictions. A text to my student in Swift Current did not yield an immediate response but to make a long story short: By 7:15 am the decision was reached to postpone class to next Saturday.
The rare gift of a day not completely planned had presented itself unexpectedly and I took the opportunity to let myself drift a little. The blizzard arrived by 10:45 am. Snowflakes were dancing, driven by the strong winds which made for poor visibility all around. A few brave ice fishermen, sheltered by their ice fishing huts lasted until the early afternoon, after which the lake and our community appeared to have fallen into a deep beauty sleep.
Sometime during the afternoon I felt the need for color in the otherwise grey environment and found a beautiful flower on my Christmas cactus, blooming exactly 2 months late and a true gift of nature on a blustery snow day!
This morning the snow has stopped and for a brief time the sun was hard at work to brake through the cloud cover. I was fortunate to witness the ten minutes of golden light against the bare tree branches in our yard. The sound of shovels pushing snow aside to clear a path, the high pitch of a distant snow mobile on its way to drill a new hole in the ice to cast a line and, birds chirping around the freshly filled feeder are bringing my snowy Sunday into focus. The slideshow shares images of my experiences over the past 24 hours.
I will close today’s post with a quote by Claes Oldenburg: “Art is a technique of communication.The image is the most complete technique of all communication!”
The last word: Remember to sign up as a follower to the blog if you have not done so. The draw for the hand-dyed fabrics and the art work (see Jan. 15th for details) is coming up on March 1st – a mere 4 1/2 days away! Good luck to all of you who have signed up and those of you who might add your names to the list over the next few days!