The Ides of March—le 15 mars

On pense que l’hiver devrait être déjà  fini.  On peut enlever nos pneus d’hiver le 15 mars.. Mais attention! Mère nature a des surprises, parfois jusqu’en avril. Chaque année la première bonne tempête est bien accueillie, la dernière un peu (beaucoup) moins.

Snow scenes tend to lend themselves to watercolour. There is an exception….the months of March and April. By then, the poetic blanket of white merely suffocates the crocuses and other spring flowers.  As we have just had another 15cm of snow yesterday, I dug into my old paintings to present this covered bridge in the Eastern Townships.

Ce pont en Estrie m’a attiré par sa simplicité. Cette aquarelle qui date de 2014, a été acheté par un jeune couple en voyage de noces qui passait par le marché des fermiers de Cardigan. Ils venaient d’entammer leur vie ensemble, vers un avenir inconnu. Un peu comme cette photo—on voit l’approche et le pont, mais la suite est à venir.

While the entrance to the bridge is obvious, the exit is mysterious. How appropriate that the buyers were a newly married couple. The painting spoke of their journey. I have never heard from them after that visit to Cardigan’s Farmers’ Market, but I hope they will return to PEI one day.

March can be such a deceptive month. Just when we think we are out of the woods, the wind picks up, the snowflakes rally in great clumps and the mercury plunges. Much as that knife plunged into Julius Cesar, Mother Nature may still have unpleasant tricks up her sleeves. However this weekend, many Canadians will not be talking about the weather—as we swing into celebrations for St Patrick’s.

Erin go Bragh! Bonne Fête de la St Patrice!

 

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