The Green Mountains from Hunger Mountain, VT.This is a shot from a hike across the Worcester Range a few years ago. Camel's Hump can be seen on the left. Sitting here on my couch with only a few days left to the year it’s easy for me to envision all the big projects and ideas I have for 2016 coming together. Sadly almost all of them involve warm weather. Why am I most motivated to do things that simply can’t be done until Spring rolls around again? Fortunately I tend to forget my winter slothfulness and past failures at goal-setting and signed myself up for a cold weather challenge for a change.
January will start on the move with the Marathon Sports 2016 Winter Warrior Challenge. All I have to do is run at least a mile outside every day of January. How hard could it be? Cast from your minds my last failed “do x every day for thirty days” challenge, or the fact that I will be in Northern New Hampshire at a place that is mostly trails for a bunch of those days. There will be hardly any snow and the weather will be great, right?
In the studio I have some equally crazy plans for a large series of watercolor works about Camel’s Hump, a Vermont peak very near and dear to my heart. My father, husband and I were up in the fire tower on the summit of Elmore Mountain this past spring, a few months after seeing the Hokusai show at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, when we decided it would be a good idea to do a modern, watercolor spin on Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji. This means I will not only have to paint A LOT of little watercolor pieces, but get out and about enough to collect a big batch of views of this distinctive peak. Keep your eyes peeled and hold me to this project, kind readers. It’s a doozy.