Tag: gardening

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!

Good Day

I planted my sunflowers today and I must say, gardening is hard work… Seems as though everywhere I dug, there was a giant root trying to prevent my beautification plans.  The rewards will be great and well worth the back strain, so I persisted and won the competition for the perfect spot for the huge summer blooms.  This summer I will really love sitting on my back porch watching them sway in the wind, their giant, brightness smiling at me.  I sowed in a spot that is also visible from the front so I will see them welcoming me home every day, making me even more glad to be back from wherever I go.

Working on “Bob” today with good results.  Happy.  Using my new Kolinsky sable brushes, so it is more enjoyable than it has been with my worn out ones.  I lost all my old good brushes during one of our moves a couple of years ago and have been making due with cheaper, less durable ones.  I must be rough on them because I lose a few heads in the mineral spirits on occasion… not good for keeping up with momentum.

I will post “Bob” soon to show you, seeing as the end of the month is growing near.  I will be done.  More rewards for me 🙂   It is raining outside and the wind is talking to me… no need for music in the studio today.  I will listen and just paint.