Gardening Is Not for Sissies
My thoughts emerge out of my feelings,
Like plants that grow out of the earth.
To find the roots of my happiness,
I must loosen and dig in the dirt.” – Tom Lescher
Summer is upon us now, and I still haven’t had my usual studio time. This is going to change when we get back from a week at the beach that has been planned for a long time. We’ll be sharing a house with our son and his family, which should be a wonderful break.
I’ve promised my students that we’ll start classes up again when I get back early next month. They seem very excited to get going again, and I find I miss them. They have become such a nice group of friends.
The garden has kept me out of the studio during this long spring planting season, and I’ve noticed a strange thing is happening. I haven’t felt any urgency to get back inside. Maybe I’m getting ready for some new inspiration. If my experience holds true, this time away from my art will reveal some kind of new direction, and that’s always a good thing.
But for now, I’ve been outside as much as possible. That requires me to get the day’s chores over with before the heat of the day kicks in, and then by that time I’m recovering for the rest of the day. Pretty soon it will be too hot to be out there at all. I know this from past experience. Gardening is a joy, but isn’t for sissies.
This is a new painting that went to the gallery in Florida. I always have mixed emotions about sending my new works away, possibly never to see them again. I hope you like this one.