My yard, still patchy with snow, is bright with snowdrops blooming in abundant clusters. It’s too cold and windy to paint outside, so I cut a few blossoms and brought them into my studio, where I’ve been playing with different colors and styles to capture these intrepid heralds of approaching spring.

Snowdrops rise from cold earth
standing firm against late winter’s bluster,
prophetic blossoms heralding hope