Friday, December 03, 2010
Snow Fence on Sunken Meadow Beach Park
The dawn is just breaking. I can see from my upstairs window the first cold light of day against the dark silouettes of bare tree limbs. The heater hums, the coffee perks, and my kitties are still nestled together in their basket on the porch. I can tell from the morning light alone that the day is cold, and that when I serve the kitties their meal in about an hour, their water bowl will be frozen. We may have snow tomorrow.
Still, the week with my sisters and Mom reminds me of milder weather -- a mere 7 days ago! Blue skies, the sand of beaches, the cooling sea. I painted this last week, and looking at it again this morning, I am transported back to those early morning hikes, the incredible bakery goods found no where else in the world, the family I miss.
Our last workshop for the year went extremely well last night. The entire lab space at the Arboretum was filled with the warm, rich scent of herbs and fragrance oils ... and folks left with a gift bag of hand cream, bath salts, powder, sachets, teas ... and a sampling of herbal breads and teas -- fun!
In addition, earlier yesterday, our Plant a Row for the Hungry went home with containers of herbs for their windowsills -fruits of their labor to be enjoyed all winter. AND we still managed to provide almost 6 pounds of greens, carrots and radishes to the food bank.
I got back home mighty late...but was graced with no traffic and a clear ride back to Oxford.
There has been scant time to paint this week - but I did manage to splash around a bt of watercolor during a hasty lunch and hastier dinner. The paintings didn't turn out well -- but nonetheless, for those brief minutes, the act of moving pigment and water across a bright white page, was one of the most relaxing times of the week.
We've a far less hectic schedule from now until Christmas as we wind up 2010 and open the exciting classes we've planned for 2011. But today - rest, and hopefully, a quiet time at the art table.
Stay warm -- and keep those brushes wet!