April 2007 Archives
The overgrown crabapple is now blooming in the back of the house. The serviceberries or juneberries are also in bloom - native small trees or large shrubs with fruit like slightly bland blueberries in June. A few late daffodils hang on. Lawn furniture, grill, tarps, tools, and other odds and ends are in a great tangle on the terrace, as we need to park the car in the garage for a while, and of course the garage was full of other things. I expect it will rain on everything tomorrow and make a merry mess. Spring.
Made of painted glass with attached jewels by the youngest member of the family. It will come into its own this summer, when we eat supper in the back yard. Really, it would have been warm enough to eat outside today, but I worked this weekend and when I got home, everyone was tired. So I'm looking at this little candleholder and imagining the long slow evenings of summer vacation.
Right now she likes to hear the Indigo Girls singing "American Tune" over and over as she falls asleep.
I arrived at the after school program a little early for pick-up today and the sun was shining. I sat and looked at the trees and the grass, enjoying the moment in between obligations. It is eccentric to sit still and look around with no particular purpose - but intensely pleasurable. I was not able to keep it up for long, as I saw the shaggy shadow of the tree on the grass and purpose claimed me. I decided to draw. Added the color after I got home, trying to match my remembered mood.
I was offered a giant flower arrangement after an event at work. Disassembled it into various vases around the house, some with the flowers, some with just bunches of leaves. This vase is on the table in the front hall window. (I didn't paint the junk mail - leaving that for another night, another composition.)
For those of you who have asked about buying work, I have donated this small gouache painting (5.5"x7.5") to an auction to benefit a progressive candidate for City School Board, Heather Arnet.
The event is
Friday April 13th
5 - 8 p.m. @ Pavement
3629 Butler Street, Lawrenceville
If you are in Pittsburgh, please stop by and introduce yourself - I'd love to meet you.
Amazing blossoms on a warm day against the bluest sky imaginable. The temperature is supposed to be even higher tomorrow (75 degrees F.), and then to drop 40 degrees in 48 hours with a chance of snow flurries before Easter. A master gardener told me that this variety of magnolia comes from a part of China where they don't have spring cold snaps... these blossoms may not make it through the end of the week.