This is my latest piece, Magnificent Winter Shine. I just completed it. It was inspired by the beautiful anticipation of this time of year. You all know by now how I feel about winter, I'm not a fan and granted, mid-February is still winter, but something begins to shift this time of year. Sure the cold days continue to outnumber the ones you can reasonably call mild, but the sun is stronger somehow. Yet, despite the fact that the wind still bites, the sun begins to gain some strength, you can feel her warmth just enough to know the cold won't last forever. There's still snow on the ground, but it melts some, in the light of the renewed sun, leaving behind hopeful slush and puddles. And the days begin to get longer, it's still daylight at 4:00pm and by 5:00pm, the sky displays a breathtaking combination of blues, pinks and purples that makes you smile. It's nature's promise that this too shall pass and with a little patience, we will soon awaken to the rebirth that is spring.