Antidote to winter gloom

Day after day of overcast skies and cool temperatures signal it’s time to leave Washington, DC. Some people become depressed at this time of year due to shorter daylight hours and holiday frenzy. Our own antidote to the gloom might be summed up in a word: color.

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Impressionist paintings, filled with vivid colors, always put us in a better frame of mind. How pleasant to just sit and take it all in. “The Open Window” by Pierre Bonnard, 1921.

We often observe birds, and this bold one has yet to migrate. “Bird” by Georges Braque, 1956.

We often observe birds, and this bold one has yet to migrate. “Bird” by Georges Braque, 1956.

We stopped for an inspiring visit to The Phillips Collection on one of our last days in the city. As we prepared to leave the museum, we bundled up, ready for the cold air. The transition from being indoors, surrounded by colorful and well-lit art, to stepping outdoors, into the cold and grey city, reminded us winter is at hand. The trees stood as silhouettes, no longer dressed with their brightly-colored leaves.

Only a few blocks from the museum, we smiled at a most unseasonal sight.

Do iris really bloom in December in Washington, DC?

Do iris really bloom in December in Washington, DC?

And not far away, bright yellow blooms competed to offer a last splash of color before winter settles in.

And not far away, bright yellow blooms competed to offer a last splash of color before winter settles in.

We see bare trees as sculptural beauties, but, still, we look forward to the first leaves of spring.

We see bare trees as sculptural beauties, but, still, the first leaves of spring won’t come too soon.

We know that, if we really look, joyous color can be found to counter the drab winter, and, if we need a little help, a stop at an art museum (The Philips Collection!) will take care of us.

 

December 2015

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Beth and Joe enjoy simple travel.
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4 Responses to Antidote to winter gloom

  1. Sometimes it takes a bit of effort to claim some cheer in winter – glad you found a place to help out.

  2. plaidcamper says:

    I love the colours found in winter, muted though they often are, but the opportunity to warm yourself in a colourful gallery seems a pleasant way to spend a grey day!

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