It’s time for our monthly artist feature. We are at the end of February and I’m excited to be moving into March, a month of transition into spring. I love being able to live in an area that experiences four distinct seasons. It’s a great blessing to travel the year in the rhythm of the ancient promise – “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.” (Gen 8:22) In today’s paintings we’ll see evidence of winter melting into spring.
I mentioned last month that through this year I would have special posts dedicated to the artwork of Marjolein Bastin. As in January’s posts, the artwork posted here are from her calendars (released by Hallmark) from several years ago.
This scene is typical of what I can see from my back windows. The few pots that are left outside year round are nearly all covered in snow. Large flocks of starlings are a common sight, as are the little wrens that hop around the deck looking for tasty morsels.
This is the scene that will soon be unfolding in my backyard. During the spring months, bluebirds flit about and make their homes in the woods behind the house. I love catching a flash of bright blue as they fly by. Now quite honestly, I’m not sure why this was chosen for a February scene – it is not remotely winter-like. But perhaps that was the point. It reminds the viewer of what is coming and gives a delirious jolt of joy to an otherwise ordinary day.
Blessings to you,