Every year at this time too many lists are compiled where many say too much with too little. One of the most overlooked aspects these days is simple weather imagery. For example recently a group of well intentioned protestors camped out along the Missouri River in North Dakota to protest an oil pipeline from the Baaken fields to Chicago the Obama Adminstration previously approved. Where it got interesting with these global warming activists and their koombayah camp seminars, was in early December when mother nature came calling. The temperatures got as low as thirty degrees below zero, and at that temperature, celsius and fahrenheit are one and the same.
As the old tv commercial used to say "it's not nice to fool mother nature." Anyhow in this vein of looking back, here are some of the better paintings we have used in the past two years to depict that most rugged time of landscape painting, winter. First and formost of these images is a George Catlin painting at the New Britain Museum called Hunting Buffalo in Snow Shoes. The relevant fact about that canvas is that it was likely painted in the area the new age protestors thinks might be in danger of getting "too warm."
Hysterical hyperventilation aside, winter will remain on display for the next three months. God help those kids in North Dakota, even Lewis and Clark knew not to stir forth in such circumstances.