The last couple of nights it's been cold, hovering around zero, and you know, the cooler weather has gotten me excited. So excited in fact, I went out and bought myself a new winter hat, or a toque, as us Canadians supposedly say. As an aside, I don't think I've ever used that word in my life to refer to a winter hat, but I digress.
My excitement about the coming winter has me fondly daydreaming about skating, gliding along the Rideau Canal or some such place, hand in hand with my sweetie, pausing now and then to warm ourselves with some hot chocolate. I haven't been on skates in years, but they say it's like riding a bike and that the ability never really goes away.
I haven't ran out and bought skates, but the feeling did inspire this piece. I call it Ice Shadows. I'm very pleased with how it turned out. I particularly like the abstract background, shimmering lights against the city, the perfect backdrop to an open air rink. People skating, basking in the glow, or walking along the adjacent snow-covered walk, enjoying the sights. I can smell the hints of nutmeg and cinnamon in the air as I look at it. It makes me smile, well, smile and crave hot chocolate.