Let It Snow

Seattle at this time of year is dark, wet and coldish. But it is not snowy, and in December I want snow.  Let it snow!Midnight Ski, Julie Paschkis

This illustration was painted by Alois Garigiet for the 1958 book The Snowstorm by Selina Chonz.snowstorm, alois garigiet

Ingri and Edgar Parin D’Aulaire wrote and illustrated Ola in 1932. I saw a documentary once where they demonstrated their technique. Every color was drawn in black and white on a separate sheet of translucent paper or acetate. They both worked on every drawing. The results shimmer.Ola, Parin d'Aulaire

Ivan Bilibin’s 1932 painting of Father Frost is stylized, but based on perfect observation of snow on trees. Also he uses color sparingly; the warm tones are a gift just like in a real winter landscape.bilibin father frost

Last winter this painting was on my favorite blog, Animalarium. The palette is crazy and exhilarating.fortnum bag

Kamisaka Sekka’s snowy traveler has a completely different mood from Ezra Jack Keat’s Snowy Day illustration, but there is an echo in tilt of the bodies.keats snowy day

kamisaka sekka

Despite the beauty of snow and the cheer of holiday lights I often feel the underlying melancholy of December. Maybe that is why this is my favorite winter poem:
In The Bleak Midwinter,  by Christina Rosetti

In the bleak mid-winter
Frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron,
Water like a stone;
Snow had fallen,
Snow on snow,
Snow on snow,
In the bleak mid-winter
Long ago.

And here is a final painting by Alois Garigiet from The Snowstorm to banish any melancholy.carigiet procession

9 responses to “Let It Snow

  1. Felt like I experienced a little snow there..thanks Julie!

  2. Wonderful!

  3. Marybeth Satterlee

    Snow transports me and you just have.

  4. Yes, Goodbye Melancholy!

  5. Such beautiful art. Thanks, Julie :)!

  6. Such beautiful snow images!! It can snow now that I’m off work!
    Love the paper cut scene! Amazing!

  7. Brrrrrrrrr…and wonderful! I’m with you – let it snow.

  8. We are having Seattle weather in Pittsburgh in December (boo-hoo). I am wanting the snow for Christmas. Instead, rain and 50s.
    (Saw your cards in a gift store during a Joy of Cookie Tour! Proudly told the clerk I ‘sort of’ knew the artist!

  9. Thank you for sharing this collection of snowy images! especially the older, vintage ones. Let’s hope for some snow; it seems to make the winter a little brighter.

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