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I got up this morning after lying in bed contemplating how this piece was not finished. After dinner, I changed all that!

"Juno with Robins", (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2015, mixed media, 12" x 12"

“Juno with Robins”, (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2015, mixed media, 12″ x 12″

Now. those of you who don’t know what a blizzard “looks” like, have an idea.

I also worked on the two canvases that I have in progress. “Modigliani’s Mistress” is smiling now-sort of. I blocked out more of the ground, and added a second eye to the face, as well.

"Modigliani'a Mistress", (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, in progress

“Modigliani’a Mistress”, (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, in progress (sorry this is slightly out-of-focus)

And, the work that changed the most…

untitled, (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2015, in progress

untitled, (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2015, in progress

These canvases start completely saturated with paint thinner, to enable the wash effects that I work with. This one got its’ third “bath” tonight, got flipped upside down from the last time I worked on it. I added the metallic gold, white, and deepened some of the purple. It important to note here also that the underlying texture is part of my prep process which includes creating that texture with acrylic paint and a palette knife.

I am hoping to have these canvases both finished this week-end, since there is a call for 100 Market Street that I would like to submit something to. If not, not a tragedy!

I did a lot of shoveling this morning, so an early night for me. Enjoy!

The Year-Round Smaller New England Birds

Many of our smaller birds do not migrate, and it always amazes me how they tolerate storms like today. During the height of it, they disappeared. No small wonder, but once the wind started to subside, the robins were back feeding on the sumac, like they had never left.

I watch out my window-and so does my cat-at Robins, Blue Jays, Cardinals and Finches that are hardy enough to endure storms like today, and the environment, in general.

"Juno with Robins", (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst,2015, pastel. 16" x 16", framed

“Juno with Robins”, (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst,2015, pastel. 16″ x 16″, framed

As the snow was still whipping around, but not like this morning the robins started to come out. A sign that the storm was ending. Birds are good to watch for weather predictions, too.

My creative energy in storms

We are supposed to get snow…major snow…blizzard-type weather in the next 24-36 hours. I am excited, pumped, knowing that I am “trapped” here tomorrow.

Yes, I have to do my 40-hour gig work, too, but there is something fun about having to stay in for the day. Something like getting trapped in the blanket fort, as it collapsed, as a kid. Not to downgrade the severity of what could happen with this storm. I might lose power, but I live close to a lot of medical facilities, including two hospitals. I am in one of the first grids that are restored.

Storms like this bring out the best in my photography, and I love to play in that medium on the day after a big one. Unfortunately, this year, it’s not happening on a Saturday, so I will have to work. But, here are some images from a storm two years ago…

Rochester Snow God, (c)Daryl-An Dartt Hurst, 2013, digital photograph

Rochester Snow God, (c)Daryl-An Dartt Hurst, 2013, digital photograph

But, there is something about hearing the wind through the Sumac that borders my apartment and knowing that I could lose power any minute that increases the need to get to the paint or photo or blog 🙂 , or maybe it is just Mother Nature.A minimal take on a storm, "Through the Bars, (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2013, digital photography

A minimal take on a storm, “Through the Bars, (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2013, digital photography

Snowstorm Nemo in 2013. "Closed Due to Blizzard" (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2013. Digital photograph.

Snowstorm Nemo in 2013. “Closed Due to Blizzard” (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2013. Digital photograph.

We’ll see how intense this one is-Nemo was a week-end storm so sorta fun. Iola could be a pain!

I follow my gut with what I should do creatively and when. But, I create, regardless. Let it snow.

 

 

Week-end snowstorms

 

Snow-Covered Elm, digital photo, (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2013

Snow-Covered Elm, digital photo, (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2013

This is the third week. Hey, it’s winter in New England. This one really didn’t allow me the dramatic light of last week, but, because it was the kind of storm it was (close to 32 degrees F), the snow was wet, sticky and heavy.

Under the Crabapple, digital photo, (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2013

Under the Crabapple, digital photo, (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2013

Leaning Trees 1, digital photo, (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2013

Leaning Trees 1, digital photo, (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2013

 

Hampton after Nemo

I really feel like taking a dip-not.

“Welcome to Hampton Beach”. (c)2013.

"Hampton Beach seawall" (c)2013. The seawall is covered.

“Hampton Beach seawall” (c)2013. The seawall is covered.

"Hampton Beach  seawall" (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2013.

“Hampton Beach seawall” (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2013.

Hampton Beach 5A storm like this delivers extra love to beach communities in the form of storm surges. Where they didn’t seem to be brutal in Rye, the further south I went, the better (if you will), the display.