Falling into Winter
For many weeks, it was a glorious fall in Greater Boston. Knowing this time was fleeting, I tried to capture it in this painting. The leaves were changing color and falling, the number of Covid cases was falling, and the Trump administration was falling. Hope was in the air.
We continued our weekday walks through our neighborhood and our weekend hikes in wooded parks and reservations. I entered my paintings in shows further away, partly to discover new places to explore when dropping them off.
Gradually, it got colder and grayer. The leaves were gone, the case numbers were rising, and Trump wasn’t leaving without a fight. As 2021 began, we saw his deluded followers storm the Capitol. Life seemed pretty bleak. The amount of suffering and death from the pandemic was nearly incomprehensible. Our failure in response created a palpable, teeth-clenching rage within me.
Now our cherished walks are getting shorter as winter settles in. It is harder to find the beauty and inspiration in nature though I know it is always there. I reach out and grasp the promises of a new administration, vaccines, and a spring that must eventually come. Watching, waiting, and forever hopeful.
C.J. Lori is an oil painter living in Brookline, Massachusetts. Her work reflects her interest in literature, anthropology and psychology, as well as an abiding fascination with the natural world. She has exhibited in solo and group shows throughout New England, and in New York and Chicago, including the Danforth Museum in OFF THE WALL, and Figure, Fantasy and Illusion, Selections from the Arthur S. Goldberg Collection. She won first prize in Paint!, a national exhibition at the South Shore Arts Center. Ms. Lori is represented by 13 Forest Gallery in Arlington, Massachusetts and Array Contemporary in Boston.