On my harrowing drive into the newsroom this morning, during which I only saw one other lonely car inching its way across the ice-covered streets and half expected to see an Imperial Walker emerge from behind City Hall, I was struck by more than a few memorable moments.
The faint green glow of a swaying traffic signal struggling to emerge from a thick veil of snow just feet from your plodding car isn't an everyday sight, nor is the insanely violent swirl of wind and snow tunnelling beneath One Seneca Tower and theatening to turn your vehicle into a bumper car. Nor is the abject terror of crossing the street when it is impossible to tell whether you may be stepping into the path of some unseen vehicle. Of course, there were more serene moments too, such as seeing a clearly defined wall of lake effect snow running along Chippewa Street as if to obey the street signs.
Artists, of course, have long been hitting pause on the falling snow and screaming wind to record such little moments of beauty for the ages.Or, as Buffalo painter A.J. Fries just put it in a Facebook post: "I look outside and all I see are possibilities."
I asked my Facebook friends to share some of their favorite snow-based artworks, many of which also happen to be mine. Below are some of the pieces they posted. Feel free to add your own favorites in the comments.
Joanna Gillespie: "Hunters in the Snow (Winter)," Pieter Bruegel the Elder. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
Kathleen Heyworth: "Sunshine During a Blizzard," Charles Burchfield. Burchfield Penney Art Center.
and "Snow," A.J. Fries. Private Collection
Edmund Cardoni: "Sugaring Off," Grandma Moses. Fenimore Art Museum
Nancy Leeman: "Hannibal and his Army Crossing the Alps," J.M.W. Turner. Tate Gallery
Scott Propeack: Untitled painting by Charles Rohrbach. Burchfield Penney Art Center
Charles Dabkowski (full disclosure: my father): Panel from "The Snowy Day," children's book by Ezra Jack Keats:
Cory Perla: A snowboard featuring artwork by Ralph Steadman: