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Monday, May 09, 2005

Frustrated Artist

I am frustrated. Not that I am unhappy or anything bad has occurred...I just want to paint and it seems impossible to do! How often has that happened for you? You might say..."Well, just do it!" and that is all well and good but perhaps I need to explain why!
Living in northern Minnesota is often joked about as 9 months of winter and 3 months of tough sledding. It is not that bad but when spring one is indoors unless their job demands it. Everyone is outside. Even my cats can't resist sitting on the decks and just looking and smellingand rolling in the dirt. That is what I am doing as well. The hummingbirds arrived yesterday and I saw a first Oriole today trying to eat out of the hummingbird feeder. Everything comes alive at once here as the countdown has already begun! Each duck must get her eggs laid and each bird the same. I have to run to every greenhouse for miles around to gather in the goodies I will plant and hopefully they will be as beautiful as I imagine so I can take pictures for paintings this winter while locked away in the house. So in away, I may not be painting but all this work is in preparation for paintings I will do in November and December and January! My fingernails are gone and my skin is already tan even though it has not been consistently warm...we are out regardless as we can almost hear Mother Nature's clock ticking away the minutes until things will die back and winter once again decends. So...that is why we only come inside to go to the bathroom or to eat. The season may be short but it is anticipated for over many months of gazing at flower magazines and catalogs. I think that is why we love it so. It is a rare and sweet gift that we get and we do not waste a minute of it! I hope you will take advantage of your days in the sun and enjoy each one. We are only given so many on this earth and we need to use them wisely! I can dust and clean all winter. I can paint then too! But I only have NOW to plant. I only have now to enjoy and relish the sun and warmth and dirt.
My kids will be home this week. My daughter lives in Oregon and son in South Dakota. I will try to post the picture of my daughter's wedding when my son was holding her...he looked over at her husband and said "Remember, I held her first" and we all cried!


Hoyt said...

How sweet! It is so nice to see a picture of your children ... and even nicer that your son is holding his sister. I love what he said. :) After reading your paragraph on the sweet, sweet spring and summer, I realize that we in the South really take the sun and warm months for granted. I will try to relish them more. Vernita

Vera Dennen said...

Jane, I do know what you are saying about spring, not quite for the same reasons however. Here spring passes much too quickly as well and then it gets HOT! I am able to spend more time outdoors during the winter than in summer just because of the heat. But then there is fall, which I also highly cherish. I very much enjoy reading your blog.

Stella Violano said...

I am so glad I read your "I am Frustrated" Jane!
It clarified what I have been struggling with all week in the studio. It is almost like we need to re-charge ourselves!

Today I am going to not try to force my work. Instead I will go outside and enjoy sunlight and nature!

Love the photos!


Lynda said...

Hi Jane,
I just read about your gardening, and it's January! (And I haven't seen the sun since before Christmas.)

I had the same frustration last May, until I realized I was still painting; it just happened to be with plants! There is no way I can stay inside, either.

I am new to blogger, having just set up my own watercolor blog on Jan 1. (alabasterpath) I found your blog by searching "watercolor."

I'm sure other things will get mixed up with my painting progress in the blog. Life does that. The point is to make life art. You seem to do it well.