Cold Hands, Warm Heart

Jennifer Yoswa

Oil Painter

8" by 10" oil on canvas board


My Mom used to say, "Cold Hands, Warm Heart." I've always been curious about the meaning of the phrase. I chose this title because of the sympathetic look, comforting gesture and need for mittens from one of the angels. 

According to the American Heritage Dictionary: 

"Not showing one's feelings does not signify lack of feeling. For example, 'He rarely sends flowers or anything, but he's a case of cold hands, warm heart.' Why a literally cold hand should indicate sympathy or affection is not really clear, but this expression has been used since the 1900s."