Painting:A lady in red sleeps outside a figure with bird stands behind her.

While winter waits .

In Zoe Cameron Blog by Zoe Cameron

A painting of a figure sleeping in a landscape with fish ( the souls of the dead) while she is watched over.
Sleep. Oil on board.

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

“The Peace of Wild
Things” by Wendell Berry

Painting-A grey cat is curled up sleeping
Sleeping cat. Oil on board.2005. Archive.

Waiting for nature to awaken in the months before Spring, our grey Cornish days can feel endless . It was when I left Art College in my youth, and we had a big garden, grew veg and kept a few chickens I learnt how important daylight is for us all . In the winter, our chickens scratched about and ate well, but simply went to bed when the light failed and did not lay us any eggs until Spring. It taught me that all living things need time to rest , regenerate and recharge their batteries.

So whatever you are up to, while we wait ….. If you are getting some fresh air, walking the dog perhaps ,

Painting - Two figures talk over a pram with a dog in it.
Figure with a dog in a pram. Oil on board.

Maybe getting a trim or hair cut ?

Painting of a woman cutting anothers hair , with a big pair of scissors.
Hair cutting. Oil on board.

If you are taking your little horse out to visit the ducks ……

Painting-A figure in the landscape carries a small horse, inside its stomach we see another narrative.
Figure carrying a horse. Oil on board.

Or, thinking about what you are going to have for supper……

Painting of a gutted fish on a plate with a jug of flowers
Still life – Fish on a plate, Porthleven. Oil on board. Archive.

Don’t forget to cosy down and rest awhile, with much-loved company, or a new book and cup of hot tea by a fire.

Painting-A woman in a red jacket sleeps in a chair with patterned yellow cushions behind her.
Figure sleeping.Oil on board.

It won’t be too long before we can all get back to this!

Painting-two girls rock pooling on the sea shore
Sisters Rock Pooling. Oil on board. Archive.

Wishing you good health and kindness in 2022 x.