Saturday, February 8, 2014

A Trio of Kitties

As I gear up again for an art-filled Spring, and I wanted to share with you some ornaments I created before Christmas as gifts for my brother and sister-in-law. 

A trio of kitties - Jupiter, Julie and Tonsley - are their beloved pets, and I wanted to immortalize them some way. So this year, this was what I created for them. I was itching to post a photo of them before the holiday, but not wanting to spoil the surprise, I held off. And yes, Julie (in the middle) is a one-eyed kitty (only as of this past Autumn), but she is as cute as ever!

I create custom pet portrait ornaments as commissions as well; they make great gifts anytime of year and look great displayed on a wall or even framed.

Winter 2014

Winter 2014 in Connecticut
 This time of year, Winter starts to get old; after so many snowstorms and single-digit temperatures, it's tough to get up each day and face the cold once again.  But I really try not to let it get to me. I must remind myself each day to live in the moment (no matter how hard that might be). Winter affords us many wondrous moments if we really take the time to observe it's gifts.

Looking through my photos taken in the past few months, I've chosen a few above that really show the beauty of the season.  Sometimes we forget just how colorful nature in winter can be. Honestly, it even surprised me as I put this collage together. The reds, yellows and oranges are incredibly vibrant alongside the icy blues and bright whites we come to associate with winter. Maybe that's another reason why Valentine's Day is such a welcome holiday this time of year, with it's signature fiery red colors (thanks to Madison Avenue in some part) juxtaposed against the snow-covered scenery outside our windows. How can you not generate a little heat with that combination?

I hope you enjoy this little glimpse of February in the Northeast, and I hope it inspires you to venture out and take a look around your corner of the world to see what Winter has to offer you.