A new theme: 'Where do you like to be'. I thought I would take the opportunity to say "where I have loved being!". My studio is almost empty and my tent is now doing garage sales instead of art fairs, but I loved being in them both.
It has been wonderful walking down to the studio to make garments, and fun to sell them around the country. so it is with mixed emotions that I move to the next phase of life!
We have not had sun for almost a week here in Blue Mounds. I have quite enjoyed the fog, but this morning it is crystal clear and beautiful. I was outside early, and this lark was singing his little heart out as he watched the rising sun. It was truly magical.
I am so sorry for those of you who sleep in and never see this potential and peacefulness that abounds at this time of day.
(Hope you are not tired of my little finches or porch!)
Enumerating the comforts and joys of life (this week's group theme) would not be complete without acknowledging the comfort that art has given me through my life. I can't remember not making art. I can still remember a moose I drew in kindergarten. I would love to see it again and see how it matches my mind's eye version of it. Above is "Lily". She was the Cocker spaniel that lived next to me when I was very young. I made this sculpture of her and her bone in fourth grade, and they have been with me ever since.
This wire sculpture was made during my high school years. He has been dancing now for some 45 years!
I am sure I would not have completed high school successfully if it were not for Don Hunt and Evelyn Bauman (AKA "Bauey"), my art teachers. They provided a refuge for those of us who didn't quite fit anywhere else - but they didn't provide a hide-out; they expected the hard work and investment of any science or math teacher, but also provided understanding and experience and joy. I learned a lot from those two people. Since then, there has been Graphic Design, Painting, fiber art Garment design, and other forays, and now some photography, but whatever the medium, it is the making that is the joy and comfort.
Lots of photos for you today....
I have decided that I love taking photos in fog more than any other light. There is a softness to the light that is so comforting and allows for details the harsh sun does not. The low chroma colors become even more subdued and the bright high chroma colors vibrate. Vistas become layers rather than one continuous field, and then there are the droplets. What more do I need to say; each drop is a world unto itself.
On the left is a shot with two iconic visions of spring: the robin and the daffodil both made brighter by the fog.
And lastly, I love how the fog delays the evaporation of the the dew and drops of the morning (these are on the chive plants).