After a long winter's wait, homegrown salad. Yum. The effort to grow as many vegetables and fruits as possible begins its payoff. Did you know I have eight kinds of edible berries growing in our modest yard?
Joining me in their wait for the season's first berries, robins fill their bellies with wiggly worms. Nearby, big fuzzy bumblebees tumble the columbine and young squirrels are practically giddy with the abundance they've discovered their first spring. It's all so exciting!
Spotting a pesticide truck cruise the neighborhood, I cringe. It's hard to comprehend people still spraying so much poison in their yards. Disheartening—and stinky. Is the sight of dandelions so disagreeable that we poison everyone and everything around us? Trying not to let it drive me crazy, perhaps the most effective therapy is to thank the kind, bright folks who strive to avoid the stuff. Want a truly healthy yard? You're a champ!. Thanks for being considerate.
While it's busy in the garden, I'm still putting in plenty of studio time. Colors and forms have been bold and strong. Someone recently told me my new painting, "Swing the Balance," seen here, reminded them of "pool toys floating around." I love that! But the only pool around here is a wee kiddie pool our pup loves to lounge in on warm afternoons.
Here's to almost summer! Enjoy!
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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