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Summer Breeze…

With coffee in hand, I am sitting outside waiting for rain. Just a sprinkle to cool down the scorching heat of summer. Still in my night clothes at 3 p.m. And trying to get motivated, I tolerate the heat outside on my back porch, private and green, flourishing plant life from these summer showers. Herb garden is plush and fruitful. Vegetables, not-so much. The summer was too extreme and each new leaf withered without bearing anything yummy. The one puny, green tomato that endured was maliciously snitched from me by a hungry fruit rat. Under my watchful eyes, a mere 20 feet away, the slinky critter plucked it and ran into the night. I think I heard it laughing at me… My nurturing efforts were abolished in one clean sweep from this bandit. At least the caterpillars have abandoned the basil for now and caprese salad is abundant. We are now a gluten-free household and even though I miss my Saltiness, we are glad for the rain to nourish the herbs and flowers, making the temperature and the stagnant breeze a bit sweeter.

My studio has remained unoccupied for months and it looks as sad as I am for abandoning it. The unfinished work stares at me each day as I peek in to jog some inspiration and motivation. Thoughts are brewing and ideas are abound. Energy is at an all time low. The mundane household duties have over run my time, mixing in with somewhat mandatory social engagements and work that actually pays the bills.

This is the week, though, that breaks the cycle. Things are coming to fruition and time will be allotted to unleash the creative flow again. It seems I’ve painted everything except canvas these past few months, and even as I admire the newness of the media room, kitchen and front bathroom, it fails to fulfill any artistic need. The living room will come together soon, as scheduled, but will definitely come behind time in my lonely studio. A garage sale is in order here to alleviate the clutter bogging down our energy. I believe we have just too much furniture, for when we are in our creative mode we have the fewest guests to utilize it. My adoration of antique chairs must be squelched for my own good!

For tonight, work is scheduled for me and Nolen’s melodies will fill the house while I am gone. I will plan tomorrow’s clutter resolution for a productive weekend with my oils and brushes. Dinner is in the oven and I am 3 tall cups into a pot of coffee. Ready, set, go!

Summer Season of Change

Summer feels like it is here…hot, hot and more hot days.  Tomatoes are nestling in the Topsy Turvey, herbs are abundant, jasmine is in full bloom.  Last year’s sunflowers are poking up towards the sun and spatterings of clouds.  The sun is scorching and I am desperately trying not to get a farmers tan to go along with my outdoor nurturing of new blossoms.

My babies- the human ones are nearing preschool and it will be a sad but welcomed time, for my studio calls and I am perpetually drained of energy for all else but nursery rhymes and the beckons of sticky mouths.  Their cherub faces will belong to other teachers, caregivers and their real Mommy and Daddy.  I have found a way, though, to keep them close to heart and home for myself to cherish, as they are subjects for my newest series.  They will always be my babies – too.

On other pages of my tot-filled brain is the note that I neglected to post pictures of the last ukulele bag I completed last summer.  Uggh.  That chapter closed months ago with my blogging pages and intellectual thought.  I forgive myself in between silent recitation of “Goodnight Moon” verses and Barney tunes.   I will post today the wave bag I finished and relinquished last summer.  A timely post for the upcoming season of sun, beaches and abundant scorn from Mother Nature.

I have a day planned to the fullest with errands and sunblock before I can retire to my brushes and oils for some air conditioning and reconditioning of my Barney brain.

Big Wave

Tiki, tiki, tiki

I finished painting the third ukulele case today – unfortunately, I did not get to the fourth, as planned.  Time was crunched over the weekend due to, well, life.  My tiki dude adorned with exotic blooms was sealed and ready to go only an hour or so after my deadline – sorry, again, Cyndi for the wait… I did enjoy our time together in the studio, though.  The uke cases are on route to NAMM with LoPrinzi Guitars… Hope to have images from the show to share next week.[slideshow]

The pics are, as usual, not so great – details are lost in the translation.  Must get a better digital camera – or at least one from this past decade.  Even my phone takes better images.  I am just not savvy enough to figure out how to get them out… I paint.

My abstract architectural piece will be continued next and a portrait started this week.  Canvas is primed and ready to go.  Need a soma and coffee and I’m ready to roll…

Ukuleles, popsicles and google

[slideshow]I finished the ukulele case I was working on this Memorial Day weekend.  I am pleased with the results – I think it’s pretty.  A little different than my last work and refreshing.   Spring has sprung and I am digging the flowers and greenery everywhere – for at least a few more weeks, so flowers were my choice of subject matter here.  The photo is dark – apologies.

I held true to my vow to stay in at all costs this holiday weekend.  I enjoyed the peace of home, the smell of paint in my studio and Popsicles with my beloved.   Later tonight I will water my sunflowers and hope to not disturb the garter snake that has claimed my back yard.  She visits me every evening before dusk, poking her head above the grass to stare me down for a moment, then goes on her way toward the garden again.  My yard is also home to a beautiful scarlet king snake that nearly gave me a heart attack the other night as she slithered up next to me and right under my picnic table -near my shoes.  Who can remember the poem when face-to-face with a possible coral snake?  That’s right – not me.  I will never forget it now – Red touch yellow, kill a fellow.  Head of black, get back.  Anyway, thank you, Lorie for saving my life with the all powerful google.

Spring Celebration

Beltane, May Day – whatever you want to call it…  motivated a planting last week of sunflowers, poppies, marigolds and lavender.  Unfortunately, “Bob” was delayed a couple of days for the spring planting.  I have excused myself, though, as Grandma would always prioritize these things as well.  The Maypole was tethered in colorful, spring-hued ribbons every year, while the Madonna was crowned in fresh-cut flowers with blooms strewn all about her.  It was spring.  It was always a celebration.

I have no Maypole or Madonna, and the celebration is seemingly uneventful – but not forgotten or celebrated with a planting of SOMEthing.  It is the spirit of Grandma that reminds me and keeps it special, even in the busiest of times.  The urge to sow springs to the surface and inspires a planting before all other projects, cleaning or dinner plans.  It will be done before May 1st to ensure blooms, sprouts and regeneration begins on time.

“Bob” is coming along and should be complete this evening.  I did not rush through to finish it by the months end, as planned.  The importance of the deadline was overshadowed by Beltane planting.   Without the rush, when “Bob” is complete I will be able to post a painting I am proud of.  As for my garden – Grandma would be proud.