We've passed the mid way point of summer. Mama Donna Henes an Urban shaman and ritual expert says it well:
"The midway point of summer is like a well-seasoned woman. The galloping growth and sweet blush of spring have slowed and faded in her sweltering heat. She's slower now, and surer. Strong and steady. She's salty and sultry and a little bit dusty. A little wrinkled. A little weary. A whole lot wiser. She bears the fruits of her own labors and she wears them well. By midsummer, dame nature has grown tired of her wardrobe with it's dizzy palette of vibrant greens, vivid pinks, randy reds and profusions of pretty pastels. She now prefers the warmer, deeper, richer tones more flattering to her present station. The lady is now of a certain age, after all."
I can relate to that as an ahem... older woman and artist.
At the cottage I experiment with inks, acrylics, watercolour paper and salty seawater, encouraging the colours to flow into each other and make beautiful connections. Small leftover pieces of art on terraskin fit together perfectly, Mondrian style, on pieces of masonite. Nothing is wasted in my studio. I'm spinning out coocoo lovebirds because they make me smile. Black Raven/Crow keep appearing in large artworks on canvas. They stand in their mystery filled nests and look outward from their perches. Vintage recipes inspire new mixed media florals.
Creating art has been the head space where I need to go to forget the anxiety caused by the misery that Covid-19 is spreading around the world. The news can be so overwhelming. It constantly reminds me that family, friends, community and our beautiful planet need to be nurtured and loved even more, albeit with masks and safe distancing.
So be connected, do what you love and stay safe. We still have a long way to go. AXO
PS. If you'd like to see my recent artworks, they will be hanging out at The Flying Apron Cookery and Inn in beautiful Summerville, Nova Scotia from September 5th until the end of October. Have a staycation, go for the fabulous food (the desserts are heavenly) and maybe take home an original artwork that makes you smile!