The Longest Winter

It feels like we are emerging from the longest winter I can ever remember.  Being mercurial by nature, I wonder how I have survived.  I am very affected by barometric pressure and lack of sunlight.  I tried one of those SAD lamps and they made no difference whatsoever.  However I realised they are very good for painting in low light, which is how I now use mine.  I have kept sane by walking religiously for 40 minutes each day.  I am so lucky to have a beautiful green space with a cliff path overlooking the sea to walk along daily, but the rain this winter rendered the path so muddy it was virtually impassable, so I donned my wellies and hiking poles and waded through every day; through wind, snow, rain, sludge and mud, slipping and sliding and sometimes shouting out of sheer frustration.  I refused to join a gym with that path on my doorstep.  I feel like walking re-formats my mind and body.  I can feel the endorphins kick in after 20 minutes and I return home happy.

I also decided, alongside my sporadic teaching jobs, that I would paint sun and warmth, if the sun wouldn’t come out.  So I wanted to channel a bit of Mexico and a bit of Spain, (although according to friends, Spain has been through a couple of months of unusual cold and rain, so I didn’t make my default getaway there.)  So here are my latest paintings:  ‘Frida and the Tree of Life’ and ‘Red Planets and Hills.’

In my Etsy shop:

All paintings on this blog are my copyright.  Copyright Alice Mason 2018.

Frida and the Tree of LifeRed planets and Hills 1





About alicemason1

Artist, painter. All works on this blog are my copyright. Do not use any works for your own websites, commercial ventures or publicity. If you would like to ask permission to use any works for your own ventures, please email me: or contact via this blog. Again, ALL WORKS ARE MY COPYRIGHT. Ask permission, and I will ask for a donation. Artists need to earn a living. Always credit an artist when you have obtained permission. I am an artist, illustrator and mother and live by the sea in the south east of England. I paint every day and am inspired by nature, mysticism and consciousness.. I hold art retreats in southern Spain. These retreats are for lovers of nature, art, walking, mountains, creativity, dance, music, yoga and meditation. I work alongside other artists to bring about these retreats. All works on this blog are my copyright. Do not use for your own purposes. If you would like to buy rights to use an image, please contact me on or visit my Etsy shop. My Etsy shop:
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