In my memory the two seasons of Winter and Summer are times for two essentially linked views: outside in distinctive weather, and inside, out of that weather, but in a way that both inside and out are appreciated because of the other. I feel that one of the differences between where I live now - in effect for what has been most of my life - in southern England, and my childhood in Scotland is that two view Winter.
I did not realise this until a couple of years ago when my duodidactic friend and I went to see the exhibition Weaving the Century at Compton Verney. Within that excellent and most memorable exhibition was a piece woven by Dovecote Studios from a painting by Victoria Crowe. (Image below from here)
The painting Two views is of the interior of Jenny Armstrong's cottage, looking out at the shepherd herself working in the snow. It immediately struck me in the way that Matisse's Interior with violin had encapsulated the way I felt about the summer heat of Greece.
I had not encountered Victoria Crowe's work before, but have been much drawn to what I have seen since online.
Tree snow study (from here)
I very much admire her scrubby trees, and I am especially drawn to her combining of landscape and still life, or her division of the composition as in Two views, so that the eye and the mind each roams across so many associations within the one painting.
Rosa Proprina visits the Winter Garden (from here)
Now that it is Christmas Eve, we have brought in the tree, decorated it, made the evergreen displays and put up all the cards. The fruit punch is mulling, and I am ready to settle into my hibernation.
I thank all those who visit this blog, and hope that all who read my ramblings have a good time over the holidays, re-charging their batteries for the beginning of the imminent new year.