On our way out to an island in Maine the trees were not yet showing signs of spring, but by our return trip the forsythia was blooming in Albany and the willows had gone from gold to green. Maine for me was wonderful, I am certain it was not so wonderful for the man, and for my friend. Dog ate a toy and managed to barf on a white rug and a brand new mattress. Of course after that she was fine, she doesn’t barf a lot so of course she had to christen the new furnishings. grr. But for me the peace of painting in a place, outside, despite cold temps, downright drizzle and brutal wind. My legs cold through and my left fingers icy from holding the palette. Upon return and viewing this work with the work of last summer I am super pleased with this new body of work. I am really looking forward to the summer when I can go back and paint more. There were several sites I would like to sit and paint from, just from the brief tour we had by our hosts.
I wandered around my yard on Easter Sunday after two days of spring cleaning, still utterly not complete, and noticed the tulips pushing their heads up past the mud and coal ash. The tips of the elderberry bushes have started to bud, the rhubarb with its dark green leaves is growing beautifully. The crocus and hyacinth are blooming, though my transplanted grape hyacinth is not too happy with life just now. The tansy and the comfrey are looking healthy, and my transplanted lilies look like they just might bloom.
The man made a compost tumbler out of an old dryer drum. So impressed, he is really an artist in a way, he can fix anything, he can cobble together anything.
The dogs, particularly Marley the little beast, ran to the neighbors house for cookies. Following L. into her kitchen while I shot the breeze with M. who lifted the lid of his grill to show me Easter dinner, roast venison on a spit wrapped in bacon. “This is what rednecks eat for Easter he said deprecatingly, though I did not say it, I thought this is what I would consider a superior culture. He again iterated my option to walk his land and gather plants from his property, along with a hug and a kiss on the cheek, as my man says, M. likes me because he usually doesn’t let anyone on his property. We talked about natural dyes. He thought I said natural guys. So we made a few jokes about manscaping, and ear whiskers….
I looked up the possibility of using rhubarb leaves for dying wool, high in oxalic acid, I think it would be cool to mix them with pokeweed which grows in abundance in the yard, nettles or maybe sumac. My summer project slowly forming.
I spun my white wool for a while and finished a recycled sari silk scarf. STILL trudging away at the brown and white log cabin weave on my 32” Ashford. Blah. So dull and my tension is wonky and annoying. So much to do for spring. So very little time in the day.