One of the things I love most about summer is watching my garden. In the Phantom Tollbooth (one of my favorite books), a conductor leads an orchestra each morning at daybreak and twilight. But instead of music, the musicians and their instruments play the colors of the sunrise and sunset. Each season, as first my irises, then my roses, and then my black eyed susans bloom, it is as if somewhere, a conductor, is calling them forth. It is pure magic, and each season, I marvel in wonder at the beauty of nature.
Coming back to New Jersey from Pine Lake yesterday, the sight of my garden lessened the sadness of leaving the lake. Here's what greeted me:
In honor of summer, and my garden, I painted this canvas. The words say: I look in wonder at the magic of everyday life.
It's funny -- yesterday I felt so blue. Perhaps it was knowing I'd be leaving the lake for a while and my vacation was over. Yesterday, the weather was pristine -- the sky was blue and clear, the humidity low and the sun shining. And yet, I felt dull and flat. The beauty of the world contrasted sharply with the sourness and impatience I felt inside. No matter how much I tried to remind myself of the charmed life I lead, I did not feel blessed. I felt adrift and without purpose. (I hadn't painted in 3 days...hmm....) The best I could do was stay quiet and remind myself that things change -- this too shall pass. Thankfully, it did. I swam some laps in the lake before leaving, and then was greeted by my beautiful garden upon returning to New Jersey. Nature has such a way of lifting the spirits. All was right again!
Artists in Blogland Challenge for August is "Wonder." Anything Goes' current challenge is "Summer Days." And Try It On Tuesday's challenge is "Anything Goes." So I'll be linking up there. This piece was made with 5 elements: canvas, acrylic paint, a stencil, stamps and stickers, so I'll also be linking up with The Second Floor Challenge and Out of the Journal.
Here's a tangle for the Diva's challenge this week, which was to use Shelley Beauch's tangle "Brayd." Zentangle is the name of the game at Inspiration Avenue this week, so linking up there as well.
UPDATE: I had so much fun with Brayd, that I did another. Again, I couldn't resist using "paradox" inside the triangles -- my pen just wants to go there... Thanks Shelley for such a versatile tangle!