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AHarsh Winter

Forges New Discoveries as an Artist

Telltale signs of the season changing marked by crimson, orange, and golden leaves descending against the backdrop of cool, crisp, blue skies remind me once again, fall is upon us. Fuzzy caterpillars inch their way across the country roads lined with rows of corn and beans drying out in perfect time for harvest. Enormous spiders meticulously weave their colossal webs among the shrubs and the air grows cooler as sunsets light the skies on fire. Pumpkins, gourds and brightly colored mums perch themselves among the porches as burning embers from backyard bonfires fill the air with the smell of smoke and melted marshmallows. Indeed, fall has arrived!

I consciously breathe in and seize the beauty sur-rounding me knowing that very soon, the last of the brilliant colored leaves will fall and the trees will be naked once

more. The green grass will fade, the birds will fly south for

refuge and winter will set in. This is the reality we face living in the seasonal Midwest. Generally speaking, I am able to find joy in the changing seasons. Winter is no exception. Even then, I look forward to the freshly fallen snow, warm evenings curled up under

a fuzzy blanket lying next to a roaring fire and the holiday season spent with friends and family.

However, last winter is one season I could have done without.

It seemed as if it would never end. The days were short, the arctic air was bitter and the cold winds were relentless; the ground was covered, more often than not, with layers of stub-born snow that refused to melt. Seldom did the sun ever peek through the heavy clouds of gray offering even the slightest gesture of hope. As a small fine art boutique owner called The Pod in the heart of Uptown Normal, we rely heavily on well-established foot traffic. Naturally some days are busier than others but for the most part, people find their way into our

Natalie Wetzel

Making art is a way of life or me – deep, dynamic and transforming.

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