I've always said that I was born during the wrong era, because I would fit perfectly in a Currier & Ives print . . . You know, one of those village scenes where skaters glide effortlessly across a frozen pond or sweethearts snuggle close in a sleigh.
Okay, I realize that I'm probably guilty of romanticizing snow because it's such a rarity where I live. The people in those paintings are always smiling - when in reality, I would either be too sore to stand up due to frequent falls on the ice or too cold to even think about smiling while gliding through the woods to grandmother's house!
However, there's just something so pure, calm, peaceful and ethereal about snow, at least to me. And the visual symbolism behind these words never fails to make me thankful . . .
"Though your sins are like scarlet,
I will make them as white as snow."
- Isaiah 1:18 NLT
"Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow."
- Psalm 51:7 NLT
I hope you will enjoy these winter scenes by various artists as much as I do. (Click on images to enlarge.)
"Morning Frost" by Terry Redlin
"Winter Evening" - Evgeny Lushpin
"Winter Patchwork" - Diane Phalen
"Evening Run" - Darrell Bush
"In the Still Light of Dawn" - Alan Giana
These two just might be my favorites . . .
"Friends in Winter" - Fred Swan
"First Light" - William Mangum
Does it show a lot where you live, or do you long to see more of it like me? Do you have a favorite painting? Comments are welcome and appreciated.