January first seems to me an odd date to chose for new year. I propose March, April or May first or a date in late September for the renewal.
Un mois pas bon pour la peinture
A month not good for painting.
A last look, goodbye January, not that we should wish our hours away.
Rather, it’s been a very average month, mostly dreary, often wet cold and windy, not much cheerful sunshine in Brittany.