In the Boston area, where I live, we've just survived the snowiest winter on record, with a total of 110.3 inches (so far). Several storms brought life to a halt, with officials advising us to stay home, and off the roads. The heavy snow piles up on rooftops, and as it begins to melt, ice dams form on the edges of roofs, causing water from the melting snow on the roof to seep into the houses, damaging ceilings and walls. One of the only ways to prevent this from happening is to get up there and shovel off the snow. 
This is my view of my neighbor's house; her son and a friend taking care of that chore. I was happy to watch them from my cozy spot indoors, cup of tea in hand, and found inspiration for a new white line print. The way the snow silhouetted their shapes and changed the landscape, the angles of the roofline, the contrast between white snow and black roof, and the theme of "man against nature" all contributed to my idea. Have you seen the white line print Blanche Lazzell made of her Provincetown studio in winter? Such effective use of white space!  Simple and beautiful.

Blanche's own words to describe the process are "Originality, Simplicity, Freedom of Expression, and above all, Sincerity, with a clean cut block, are characteristics of a good woodblock print." Thanks, Blanche, for inspiring so many of us.

I shifted the perspective a bit in my print, below, as I wanted to show things from a more precarious position, as if the viewer is up on the rooftop, too! And the Mom in me put some long pants and winter boots on the guy on the right; why do young men feel immune to the cold? Shorts and sneakers in February?! A bit of artistic license. 

What's outside your window? What inspires you?


Roof Shovelers :   11 7/8" x 11 7/8" , 2015


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