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Snow 12.23.2011, originally uploaded by leyaevelyn.

We were told it would be 2 to 5 cm. of snow. It’s been at least 10. It’s a damp snow but not too hard to clear. I’ve shoveled twice so far and will have to again when the snow comes off the roof. The snow will probably last a few days.

I don’t know why people want a white Christmas. It means difficult driving conditions. Lots of shoveling as well. But then, it is so very beautiful. Just like a postcard.

It makes me wonder once again about beauty. Why do we call a white Christmas beautiful, why is the snow so lovely when it can also be so treacherous, what makes a painting beautiful to one person and not to another. And also, is beautiful a desirable end.

What I really want is for the power of the painting to be the message, not the beauty. I’ve actually started trying to use different colors, not just the pure, pretty ones, but ones that are more dissonant, discordant, even perhaps ugly. Still, the end result has to have a cohesiveness that carries the weight of the art.

Maybe it’s the power of nature that makes the snow so beautiful.


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