As an artist, I have many distractions. Don’t we all? With a large yard and garden, this time of year finds me outdoors most evenings and weekends. Yes, I’d rather be painting but sometimes I have to do some other stuff. Work for one. Gardening.
But this spring, as the past three springs, a family of swifts have taken up residence on the porch of my summer-kitchen studio. I don’t know why they choose this particular corner as there are plenty of other good spots – woodshed, shop, eves, …yes, even birdhouses. So they get touchy as I go in and out of my studio which puts a bit of a damper on my painting activities, especially at night. I even covered the window with a black drape so I wouldn’t scare them. Sometimes I go into the studio by the side entrance although mostly I forget to unlock that door.
Also, I love to garden. Well, I love the results of gardening…not particularly the labor that goes into making it happen. But it beats my hours at a desk so who should complain? My husband plants a little spring garden – lettuces, kale, onions, asparagus, tomatoes, basil. And I plant the big garden, about a quarter of an acre. Tomatoes, peppers, beans (those durn rabbits), peas, squashes, corn, sweet potatoes, more basil…and loads of sunflowers. In the winter when I’m having a nice vegetable soup or some homemade salsa, I think of all the sunshine that has been captured in my vegetables. Maybe monetarily it isn’t worth the work, but it is to the spirit and soul.