I've lived in a cold climate my entire life, and, initially, winter is truly exciting. It provides the much-needed festive break after dreary and dark November with Christmas holidays, not to mention outdoor sports and fun when the weather is mild enough. By the end of January, however, I already yearn for seasons to fast-forward, and for spring to arrive as soon as possible. No more layers, no more ice! And yet, I will miss meager—in terms of color—icy abstractions decorating rooftops and blinding passers-by with their brilliance.
Once upon a time in the pre-digital age, I preferred black and white...until I learned to work with color. With some exceptions, colors, both muted and vivid, are usually what I love. Yet working on a decorating project involving my imagery of birds, black and white provided the kind of standardization that it needed. Here are some of them: