I knew this was heading my way, but I was still caught off guard by the pace of the last six weeks. The last time I wrote anything I was here:
And two other beautiful mosaics with the marvelous students of Sterling Elementary. I can’t say enough good things about that school and the experience I had working there.
I have to admit that in my two weeks I never quite got the whole Kenai/Soldotna/Sterling thing figured out, but I’m hoping to have another crack at it next spring with another elementary school in Soldotna. (I tried hard to get a sense of where one community ended and another began, and what exactly was going on in each one, but failed on all counts.) Maybe next time.
When I got back home, two things happened – first, a really bad cold that probably grew from all those grubby little hands set in, and second, the weather got nice and it was high time to hustle in the plant world. Growing things don’t wait for you to get better! Between my greenhouse job, my friend Maggie’s farm, getting my small quantity of plants in the ground, trying to get healthy and in shape for an upcoming crazy running race and tackling some needed yard projects I have barely been inside (let alone inside a studio!) for well over a month. However, after the long winter it would be poor form to complain about a month working outside.
I also spent a lot of time with my little yellow wheelbarrow making this:
Turn into this:
While enjoying this:
Tomorrow the summer art season starts. I am now down to a mere two days a week of working outside of the studio, and after a day of cleaning and figuring out just where I left off in early April, I should be ready to move forward. I’ll post some things about upcoming events and the “Art in the Making” show at the UAF Museum of the North tomorrow.
Leaves are green, the mosquitoes are out, my strawberries are blooming, my shoulders are brown, and my tomatoes have green fruit. Not bad for June 3.