Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Jumping Ahead

I do my best to live in season, I really do. Local produce as long as possible, herbs from my own garden, canned and fresh frozen in the dead of winter...basically trying to live in tune with each season as it unfolds. It's one of the reasons I wanted so badly to move east all those years ago; to live in a place where there was evidence (however inconvenient at times, hehe) of the natural cycle of things - warming to hot, cooling to cold, planting to growth to harvest, and so on....It feels right to me. :)

But art being business as well as pleasure, my paintbrush always seems to jump ahead. Of necessity, I usually spend winter painting spring and summer, summer painting autumn, autumn painting winter, and so it goes.

To that end, here's the very first spring piece of 2010. You can click the photo for a larger image....

I just love the little charm to draw faeries to the garden, and think someday I must paint one of these for myself.

Other spring inspired pieces are in the works too - as well as Halloween (NEVER too early for that, haha!). But as I paint them, I'll watch the snow fall. I'll simmer winter stews on the stovetop, brew pot after pot of tea, burn candles, and perhaps let my thoughts wander to what herbs I'll plant this year, what lilies for the koi pond, and what little garden space to set aside for the faeries.

How about you? Are you jumping ahead yet, just a little?

♥ Carolee

12 comments:

Rosie said...

Gorgeous! hope everything went well at the hosp.
Rosie x

By Way of Salem said...

It's lovely!
Jeannine

DeLaRenaissance said...

Beautiful! Jumping ahead, yes, yes, seed catalogs are arriving prompting thoughts of what to plant next month in the greenroom, dreaming of spring planting, warm summer sun and lush gardens. :0)

Sonia ;) said...

So sweet and tender in harsh weather.

xoxoxo

Valeriote Design said...

Carolee~ You're posts are never long enough. I always feel like I'm reading the start of a really good book whenever I stop by.

Janine said...

The little fairys are the icing on this wonderful painting

Susan said...

Beautiful piece as always. Unfortunately, I am enjoying a beautiful snowfall at the moment...living in the moment. I have always loved snow, guess it's just the kid in me. We re-decorated the Christmas tree yesterday in a snowflake and icicle theme just in time for the snowfall. LOVE IT!

julietk said...

That is beautiful but your work always is top notch :-) Happy new year.

Ev said...

So wonderful to see a glimpse of spring - beautiful colours - filled with hope and joy:)
Ev

miss Potter said...

Wow, your style is fantastic! how much magic in the sketches and that refined creativeness!

Sandy from Parma

Susan said...

Can't wait to receive it!!!!

Hayden said...

wonderful, wonderful stuff!

I don't think I'd survive winter here if I was totally "in the moment." Right now I'm planning/dreaming about my garden, fecund with blooms and smells and fresh grown yummies!

Winter is nicer when dreamed about from a distance. A warm distance. I'll save dreaming of winter for a steaming hot summer day, LOL!