Bonhomme des oranges. Acrylic on panel, 6 x 8 in. © 2012, Tania Nault.
This past winter was one of the mildest on record here in Saskatchewan. Oddly, however, that hasn’t translated into an early spring: Easter weekend it snowed. Well, blizzarded really. And it snowed again this past weekend, too. But I just couldn’t bear the thought of painting the gloomy outdoors, rather I stayed inside and painted this stack of mandarin oranges resting in their papers. “Snowman” in French is bonhomme de neige, which translated literally is “nice man from snow”. By my reasoning, bonhomme des oranges is “nice man from oranges”.