Monday, June 29, 2015

Making Space

A couple of weeks ago I walked into the studio and realized there was no room to work, no space, so I started to rip up most of the last couple of months of work; and in that tearing and ripping saw beautiful edges to the paper so started to lay down strips of paper, and then finally realized that I was recreating a way of working from the 1990's so I put all that in the recycling bin. My mantra being “Don’t repeat yourself”. And as I filled bag after bag of paper I looked around and realized more had to go, the walls full of ideas not yet realized, into the trash. I need space to work. The lovely thing about this tearing away is how what I had been working on was clearer now, not bright, but not just sensed. 

Ripping and tearing...hard to put those beautiful edges in the trash. 2015

Torn paper, 2015

No space to work, studio, June 2015

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

White Poppies

Its exciting wandering about the garden early each morning and seeing the changes from the day before: this mornings treat was finding the so called "white" poppies had started to bloom; I love their fragile leaves, which the rain expected in a few hours, will turn transparent; but right now, with dew drops clinging to them are gorgeous.

1st white poppy, 2015

dew drops on the white poppy, 2015

Sunday, June 14, 2015

A Bouquet of Peonies For You

It's one of those dreamed of, especially in winter, perfect day; morning dew, clear light, peonies opening and drifting scent about, roses, lilac, iris in bloom; a day to give thanks.

A bouquet for you, 2015
A bouquet for you, with an ant, 2015

and more, 2015

and more, 2015

for you, 2015

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

My Green World

It's lush out there; it's beginning to look like a rain forest or the Sutton Junction version of one. I know gardeners are always complaining about to much rain, not enough rain, too much sun, to dry, too whatever but I can't believe all the shades of green I'm seeing.  It’s heavenly… and the herbaceous peonies are about to open.

The upper part of the studio garden, 2015

The ferns are having a banner year, 2015

And the peonies are about to open, 2015

Dandelion seed caught in a tiny spruce, 2015

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

It Starts

It's Tree Peony time; those bare woody stems of a few weeks ago [link here] are beginning to burst with saucer sized blossoms. The luscious pinks are always the first to open, followed by the deep magenta and then the yellow. Though I'm not certain of the yellow at all after last winter, but it's still alive.

The first tree peony blossom, 2015

ready to burst open, tree peony, 2015

Looking towards the back, tree peonies, alliums and for-get-me-nots, 2015

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Keeping My Eyes Down

While we were in London earlier this spring, J. kept having to grab me as I wandered into traffic [I was looking the wrong way even though it was clearly written at my feet which way to look]. After having a few near death experiences I began to pay attention; this is what I saw.

London Streets, 2015

Friday, May 22, 2015

Yesterday's Finds

It's been so gorgeous that I've been spending all my time in the garden, or recovering from being in the garden. The studio is neglected; I just want to be outside in the lush growing green and clear light. It's all happening so quickly this year. Slow down time.

Found Hydranga flower, left over from last year, 2015

Shadows found as I walked into the house last night, 2015

Hmmmm, another thumb shot? 2015

Monday, May 18, 2015

Yesterday's Light

After a good day in the garden, surrounded by rampant growth and the scent of apple blossoms, we caught up on a few more episodes of "The West Wing", while out of the corner of my eye I saw this light.

Yesterday's Light 1, 2015

Yesterday's Light 2, 2015

Yesterday's Light 3, 2015

Yesterday's Light 4, 2015

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

It's All Promise

Working in the garden yesterday I noticed the first tree peony bud; it's always a thrill to see. Snow last week, buds this week and by the end of May this will flower. There is a haze of magenta on the hills and mountains while around the pond it glows that almost florescent green, I love spring.

tree peony bud, 2015

in flower, tree peony from 2014