It’s the middle of January. It’s cold. It’s dark. It’s foggy. But spring will arrive. I know this because as I was riding home on the bus there was actually a little light.

In fact, there was enough light that for a few minutes there was a very pretty, soft pastel sunset. By the time I sorted out how to use my Kindle to take a picture, the pastels had faded a little… but you get the idea.

January 17, 2014 - Looking at the Willamette in Milwaukie at dusk
January 17, 2014 – Looking at the Willamette in Milwaukie at dusk

I’m sure everyone wondered if I was crazy because I tried to take the picture a little earlier on the ride, but I was on the wrong side of the bus and ended up with just blurry photos of the other passengers (and who cares about them…) instead of the lovely sky. Finally in Milwaukie we got to a spot where I put the Kindle out the window and snapped this shot at dusk.

A few minutes earlier, when thing was a little more pastel and the fog a little more prominent, I was reminded of a watercolor of Prince Charles that I have always liked. I was unable to find the exact one (it was a very simple lake picture that brilliantly does the fading of hills). But it got me looking at his watercolors:

He’s not my favorite painter (too traditional) but he certainly does have talent. Looking at this collection, I’m reminded that painting is very much about the time you give it.