The Studio is Calling
Today I didn’t get to spend much time in the studio. I did work on the two paintings that I showed yesterday, and here they are in their current state.
I feel the second one may be finished. I’m not as sure about the first one, though.
The Great Dahlia Adventure
I have been digging holes for planting dahlias. I have been obsessed with dahlias for a few years now, but hesitated to have them because of the time and effort I have felt they would require. But I can’t stop myself. I’ve ordered a collection of ten dinnerplate dahlia bulbs, which are now in transit. That means I’ve had to get out there and dig through the hardpan with a pick to make a hole for each bulb, big enough to put plenty of compost and good soil around them. I started as soon as I placed the order two days ago, so I can dig a couple or three holes at a time. I like the exercise, but my back won’t allow me to do too many in one day.
The ones shown here are from several dwarf dahlias that we planted last year in one of the raised garden beds. Since the winter was so warm, they survived without my having to dig up the bulbs. They’re doing well and blooming again.
I’ve always loved to try growing food — not so much flowers. But I think it was just the lack of courage that kept me from having them. I’ve developed an attitude of doing my best, and not grieving too long if something doesn’t work out. Kind of like painting.