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Fine Arts Friday: the substitution of art

My mother keeps sending me pictures of her beautiful snowfall–from the desert.* Meanwhile, we have just had twenty-four hours of cold rain, and no snow for the entire winter. In fact, we’ve had very few days cold enough to snow should precipitation occur. I want a snow day! But where reality fails, art prevails.

I’ll just have winter in my mind.

Bruegel ice skaters
Winterlandscape with skaters and bird trap, Pieter Bruegel 1565. Click through for larger images that you can zoom in and see the amazing detail.

A poem on winter by Emily Dickinson. I like her use of dashes.

It sifts from Leaden Sieves —
It powders all the Wood.
It fills with Alabaster Wool
The Wrinkles of the Road —

It makes an Even Face
Of Mountain, and of Plain —
Unbroken Forehead from the East
Unto the East again —

It reaches to the Fence —
It wraps it Rail by Rail
Till it is lost in Fleeces —
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To Stump, and Stack — and Stem —
A Summer’s empty Room —
Acres of Joints, where Harvests were,
Recordless, but for them —

It Ruffles Wrists of Posts
As Ankles of a Queen —
Then stills its Artisans — like Ghosts —
Denying they have been —


There’s nothing like curling up under a pile of blankets with a cup of hot chocolate and a good book on a snow day. Right now, we’re listening to The Fellowship of the Rings. And if you’re listening to a book rather than reading it yourself, you can crochet! Or, in my case, crochet, undo, re-crochet.

But now we get to the crux of the problem: all this cuddling up to enjoy the (imaginary) snow day requires  time to sit down and enjoy it, instead of running all over the place from appointment to appointment. And that’s why I need a snow day.

Have you had a snow day this year? What are your favorite snow day activities? What’s your favorite winter art?

*Technically, it’s a semiarid region, so desert-like, not actual desert.

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