Canada is truly a land of perpetual winter. Last month in Toronto, it was the coldest in recorded history. We just had a streak of almost sixty days (also a record breaker) where the weather never got above freezing. Earlier this week, we had an ice-storm (again) that has parts of the city still without power. And now for the past two days we’ve had an extreme cold weather alert.
The result, this is what it looks like outside my door:.
Actually, it’s not exactly like this – as the huge mounds of ice on our street don’t have a majestic beauty to them. Instead, they are a slushy colour strewn with bits of garbage and dog pee stains.
Somehow, the famous Canadian painter Lawren Harris could see the beauty in winter that I cannot. Lawren Harris did this painted, called Mt. Lefroy, in 1930.
I got this postcard about a decade ago from the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario (a small town near Toronto). The gallery has an amazing collection of Group of Seven paintings and is set in a beautiful natural area. the gallery. The McMichael is well worth a visit – weather permitting, of course!