Winter Blues

Hi Friends,

It’s winter here, and I don’t feel like working in my studio. This happens every year. It’s cold, it’s dark and even though there’s a heater and skylights in the studio, I don’t feel like being out there.

Winter is a contractive time of year, and my paintings are large and expansive. It’s hard to be expansive when nature is telling me to hibernate and rest.

I used to fight it and make myself paint even when I wasn’t in the mood. It’s a brute force method that rarely works.

Over the past few years I’ve learned to be kinder to myself and go with the flow. I paint during the warmer and sunnier times of year, and in the winter I work on smaller projects like stitching, weaving and collage.

I finished four new Found Poetry collages over the past couple of weeks that are fun. These are the pieces where I cut words and phrases from magazines, then randomly select a stack of the words and intuitively fit them together into a “soul message.” It’s like working on a puzzle, trying to figure out which words and phrases go together.

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Cassandra Tondro collage

“You’re Incredible,” collage on wood panel, 10 x 8 inches

Cassandra Tondro collage

“Divine Inspiration,” collage on wood panel, 10 x 8 inches

Cassandra Tondro collage

“Good Times,” collage on wood panel, 10 x 8 inches

Cassandra Tondro collage

“Promise of Love,” collage on wood panel, 10 x 8 inches

You can see all eight of the Found Poetry collages in the collection by clicking here.

How are you affected by the seasons? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.

With love and appreciation,



  1. Cassandra, thank you for a thought-provoking message! I live in Florida, where it’s hot and muggy at least six months of the year. I’ve decided to take this “winter” respite to set up an outdoor ecoprinting studio. Like you, I’m allowing nature and the season to influence my creative choices. Isn’t it wonderful that art takes shape in different forms all the time?

    1. Hi Donna. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experience. Yes, I appreciate having the freedom to stay attuned to the seasons and work with nature. I feel like we’re lucky to be artists and to have this special opportunity! I look forward to seeing your ecoprints.

  2. Really love your Found Poetry collages. I’m going to try some (not for public consumption), hope that’s okay with you?

    1. Absolutely, Jill! I was inspired by Emma Freeman’s “Soul Messages” class, and I’m happy to pass the idea on to you. Stay in touch, and let me know how it goes for you. I always enjoy seeing other people’s work!

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