18"x14" oil on canvas
"The difficulties which I meet with in order to realize my existence are precisely what awaken and mobilize my activities, my capacities."
- Jose' Ortega Y Gasset
Ah, dreaming of summer and what seems like infinite blossoms. It's still quite cold, but (when it's not pouring rain like this week) the sun is just beginning to give hints of longer days to come. This is what we call our sunrise garden, it's the first place the sun hits when it comes across the valley, up the hill and illuminates all of life. This week has been a cold windy rain here in south-eastern CT....so working on this painting, bit by bit has kept me sane from the winter blahs.
For those who've been following my blog, this past Tuesday was my last radiation treatment for breast cancer. YAY!!! Now I'm just hoping my energy levels will come back quickly (hope, hope, hope). And what will I do now that I'm done with that task??? "I'm going to Disney World!" Actually not to visit the park, (don't know that I'm quite ready for that yet), but I'm going to watch my twin daughters run in the Disney Princess Half-Marathon! They've been training since last summer, and the countdown days are here! We'll all be staying with my mom, so it will be a fun (and hopefully warm & restful) visit.
I've had a lot of time to be thinking about what's coming up in the garden this year. What projects we'll take on next for some more painterly visions? That's what this yard is all about, scenes at every turn for me to paint, paint & paint. It is truly a thrill that I'm looking forward to throughout this long winter! I'd like to send a thank-you out to Cris Larson, garden consultant for her advice in our planning process last year. Our first summer with our garden was lovely, but as each year passes, and things mature, wow! We had an idea of what we wanted & where, but being that "we're not from around these parts", we needed help selecting a list of hardy plants that would make it through the winters & be resistant to all forms of 'ick', be it fungal or mammal!
What's next on the easel? More garden views, beach scenes, and Ireland landscapes- all my favorite things! And I'll have many in smaller, affordable sizes - just the right size for that spot of necessary cheer on that shelf or nook, you know the one.... this gal is still earning her travel money..... & Ireland is calling my name.
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