I'm a big fan of winter. I love going outside to paint snow. I can't tell you how much satisfaction I get from seeing all the subtle color play going on out there. Winter has it's own language and it's a beautiful one.
Instead of spending time painting, I spent what felt like an eternity working to get snow off the whole house. I fell into a snow drift at one point and couldn't figure out how to get myself back up onto my feet. The combination of snow that was almost up to my waist and a roof rake that measures 21 feet long, made for a very comical approach to snow removal. It worked though.
We've had over 80 inches of snow since Winter began. We've had a nor'easter about once a week. Thankfully this past week we've only seen some scattered snow flurries and we've actually had some temperatures above freezing.
The farmers in Connecticut have really been hit by these record snowfall amounts. I've read that over 156 structures have fallen so far in the state and Winter is sure to rear it's ugly head some more before the season is over. In Woodstock, we have had 4 barn collapses that I know of. From a painters perspective, these are buildings that I love to paint. I'm heartbroken. I feel bad especially for the people who's lives are affected and for any animals that have been hurt or killed by these events.
A few winters ago, we had a couple heavy snowfalls and one of my favorite barns to paint in the town of Pomfret collapsed. One particular day, I loaded up my car and headed there to paint. I had a bad feeling on my drive there and sure enough, when I pulled into the parking area, the barn roof had collapsed and my heart sunk.
One of the barns that fell last week, was one of Connecticut's oldest barns. There was so much character to this barn and the size of the barn was impressive. The cupola up on the roof was fantastic. The owner had told me a few years back that he had tried to get some funding to save the barn but that it was too far gone. I've been painting it a lot since then, kinda like spending time with a friend. I painted it during each season in 2010. When we started getting record snowfall amounts in February, I just knew that this would be the season that it would come down. I took over 300 photos of the barn in January and February and it looked stunning in all that snow.
Here are some photos of a painting I did last Fall and a couple from the aftermath of the collapse last week.