Winter is getting a bit pushy around here lately. We had such a nice mild autumn up until a week or 2 ago. Since then it's been icy cold, windy and rainy. My garden looks pretty beat up, but I managed to pick a few survivors for a painting. I'm not sure what these yellow flowers are called, but they are very sturdy and last a long time into the cold weather. The purple ones are bachelor buttons. I had no idea they were such a hardy flower, but they seem to have outlasted most others in the garden. I started this painting yesterday without much hope for it, but I continued with it today, and I feel much better about it. I think I am a little more patient today, and find it easier to continue a painting, rather than starting something new. and besides, the weather is bitterly cold, windy, and they are talking about a bit of snow in the forecast. I hope I don't see any of those little white flurries for a while. I'm just not ready. I'd much rather stay inside and paint.