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Friday, January 6, 2017

A cuddle-up-in-the-cabin kind of day

Cabin days, 9 x 12 watercolor, 140# Fabriano Artistico
Snow always makes me think of the mountains and cabins.
Today was one of those, as an overnight four-inch snowfall shut down the campus where I'm teaching the twitter class. It's not a lot of snow, but when most student commute, and Oklahoma cities and drivers aren't as prepared to deal with snow as those in the northern Midwest, it's significant.
Yesterday I saw photos from son Travis where he lives in the Colorado mountains, with a foot of snow on everything. That image, and other messages and photos helped inspire today's painting.
It's a cuddle-up-in-the-cabin kind of day, with a warm fire,  a loved one, good books, a cat or a dog, and some homemade stew and cornbread. All you have to do is bring in more firewood.

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