“Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability” – Sam Keen
Scent of clover rises as I tickle my way, barefoot, toward the garden.
Time-keeper cicada initiates a drawn out, mid-afternoon buzz, beginning the chorus.
Red Admiral butterflies float and flutter.
Long firefly evenings.
Lawn mowers. Mosquitoes. Construction zones. Dog sprayed by mulberry-gorged skunk.
In summer's humidity, paint dries more slowly. Lines are looser. Colors melt and flow. Or not. Cool concrete floor. Weeds and grasses so tall the studio window is barricaded in green.
Deep summer. Time to slow. Just sit and watch that tomato ripen.
Artist and naturalist Michelle Louis has a vigorous curiosity about the natural world. Her abstract landscape paintings cultivate connection to the lands she explores.
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