I had full intentions to embrace winter again in the first couple months of this year but as the snow covers the ground here in Canada, I find am longing for spring and just can't get motivated to paint 'winter'.
A few weeks ago, before I last big snowfall, when our garden was briefly snow free I spotted a very brave woolly bear caterpillar wandering around. I guess the slight raise in temperatures woke him up and sent him in search of some food. He found a dandelion leaf which he happily munched on and then he crawled back into a large hollow log where he is spending the winter. This encounter gave me an idea for a painting.
Woolly Bear caterpillars are fascinating to watch, especially for young children. Looking after one is a great way to teach them about caring for a living creature too. I painted my woolly bear with a nice wide orange band as folklore says this means we will get an early spring.
'Small Wonders' Transparent Watercolour 15 by 21 inches