|"Winter in Tahoe" by Adriana Willsie|
I've featured many images in my blog during this past year, but none have pleased me more than this one, a painting by my niece, Adriana Willsie. Her work always uplifts and inspires me, but none more so than this image of a fresh, snowy, alpine landscape with blue sky and sunshine. That's why I'm offering it as my New Year gift to you, along with some thoughts about what I see in it.
Doesn't this painting symbolize the kind of year we all want?
- Its luminosity cheers me, as do the vivid colors. I can smell the fresh air. May our outlook always be fresh and our visions vivid. May we embrace new ideas and celebrate beauty.
- We might view that distant horizon as our dreams and goals, and even though a body of water (our challenges) must be crossed to reach that place, we somehow know we will. If we can envision and believe, anything is possible.
- Life brings both sunshine and shadows, but these shadows are not dark and foreboding. Look closely. They have their own beauty, streaked with cool and restful colors that contrast with the brilliance of sun on snow. The shadows represent our times of stillness, rest, balance, and introspection.
- The blue sky is optimism and joy!
- The trees symbolize continuing life. Rooted in the Earth, they stand tall and reach for their greatest potential heights. Enduring the chill winds and cold, they remain steadfast, sturdy, evergreen.
In February 2013, Good Life Northwest featured a post about Adriana:
She is a native of Washington, now living in Wisconsin. The Northwest still influences her art work, even though most of her paintings are pet portraits. Here is her own New Year gift, a video slide show of beautiful animals she has painted for clients as custom orders. Just click on the arrow on this dog's nose.
If you love "Winter in Tahoe" as much as I do, you can order prints and note cards of this and other paintings from the artist's website:
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