Winter Shed

© D. Yael Bernhard

Happy 2017!  I always try to draw or paint something on New Year’s Day, just to make the first day a good one.  So today, I drove up to the spot and worked in my car, shielded from the cold January wind.  I only had time for a sketch, but got to fulfill the beginning of a New Year’s resolution: to capture in every season a particular barn shed up the road from my house.

The shed sits across the street from the home of friends who, it just so happens, I met thirty years ago this month.  Their land stretches across the road, and includes this shed, which sits quietly through the seasons in dilapidated dignity: now swathed in snow, now wreathed in goldenrod, surrounded by wild oregano and queen’s ann’s lace, red-tipped saplings . . . it’s always changing.  Once, I saw a white weasel emerge from under a sumac bush by the shed.  And for years now, driving past, I have wanted to capture it.

This is the year.  Just a sketch, for now.  More to come.

A good 2017 to all!

D Yael Bernhard
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