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Bouquet of Roses

9" x 12"

Arches 140#CP

 

There's been a bevy of last-of-the-tasks activity at work, and nights spent working on demonstration pieces for my students and mock-up works for a commission - so time to finish a painting of my own has been limited. We've also had a slam into summer with mid 90sF heat - WHEW! The cool, mild spring really spoiled us all!

 

Still with only four work days remaining until retirement, when I got home last night I could feel my mental and physical focus moving more and more toward what needs doing at home. Closets, room reorganizing, divesting books that are no longer used, painting, gardening, and much more. There are new classes to start, advertise and find space for, a website to finish, grandchildren to spend time with, visits with mom, long weekends with Charles ... it feels a bit overwhelming right now and it will take a bit of time to realize that I no longer have to squeeze it all into three short weekend days.

 

My 'wild' garden has been a joyous, peaceful gift in all this sea of change. I arrived in time to see even more cone flowers in bloom, more Queen Anne's Lace, the hydrangea even bluer than when I posted photos, and golden rudbeckias as abundant as the cone flowers. I was elated and blessed! The blueberries were ready and I picked a gallon from shrubs no taller than me ... and the peaches are so abundant this year, they've bend the poor tree over like a wedding arch.

 

We're in for more hot weather and some rain this weekend - we need the rain as it does a lot of the south.

 

I painted these roses earlier this spring - trying for just a splashy, loose approach - much like the roses that were blooming in my own garden.

 

Hope you have a great weekend! Stay cool!

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Taken on May 7, 2012