It’s become quite irresistible to be out in the garden lately. I don’t have the kind of strong body that can spend hours weeding and other heavy gardening pursuits, so I’m learning to “waste” all kinds of time in closer observation of the birds and the bees and other crawling and flying insects. They don’t particularly appreciate me nosing around them when they’re going about their business, and you can be sure they wouldn’t sit still for a detailed drawing. So I use my iPhone camera to take a bunch of shots and then study them up close to learn their jewel-like markings. Will I remember their names? Probably not. Dragonflies and Bees are enough for me, though my phone is now loaded with apps to help me ID what I’m seeing and hearing.
Happy Easter! Happy Passover! Happy Spring!
There’s no little ones here to go egg hunting with today and so I’ve been watching butterflies and following a vibrant buzzing to the bumblebee nest outside my studio wall. It’s actually a birdhouse that’s been taken over by nectar drunken bumblers. Yellow pollen is dripping down the outside, giving away their hideout. And there’s always at least one of them, tipsy and hanging out on the edge, with buddies just inside.
But I was inside for a bit too, and finished this piece from a lesson earlier in the month, adding words from today.
layers of acrylic inks and glassine papers with monoprints
Are the windows in my mind open to spring?
Can my animal heart relate to the heavy breath of blossoms and buzzing bumblers?
I was a bit overcome today with the warm scents, the rapidly unspooling ferns, the snowy cloud of apple blossoms, and the tapestry of weeds calling out to be pulled!
Ah Spring. Is your mind and heart open to it? It’s a very strong cocktail!
I went back to take a picture for you, and the party had grown! Sounded like they were really getting down!
Another one, with a tree theme, and lots of layers, collaged and painted. I was shooting for golden light shining through the orchard and those birds, and maybe a yellow brick road for Dorothy to skip along with her friends and Toto. But then there was this blaze ripping through the trees and across driveways. . .it’s hard to forget about that fire. . .
If you want to join us this spring and summer, for my mixed media workshop titled The Playful Muse, here’s the new dates, just published!
May 20, June 17, and July 15, 1:30-4:30 in my Sebastopol studio. (You can sign up for one or all three.)
4-week August Session: August 5-26
For more information and to register contact me.