Blizzard Hercules hit the East Coast last night and today with howling winds and bitter cold.  I have to admit that I love snow, at least while it is falling and covering everything in a blanket of white.  It muffles the traffic and transforms the city into a beautiful and romantic wonderland.

To celebrate the first snow storm of 2014, here are snow inspired paintings, from Peter Brueghel to Camille Pissarro. Do you have a favorite?  

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"The Hunters in the Snow", Peter Brueghel the Elder, 1565 Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria
Due to severe weather conditions, the N.A.W.A. Office and the N.A.W.A. Gallery will be closed on January 3rd, 2014. To all  N.A.W.A. members affected by the storm: Be safe and be inspired!  American woman artist Andrée Ruellan (1905–2006), found inspiration in the snow. Image credit: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
"Winter Cardinals" Andrée Ruellan (1905-2006)
        "Road to Versailles at Louveciennes" (Snow Effect) Camille Pissarro,1869
"Night Snow at Kamara", Utagawa Hiroshige, 1833