Tuesday, July 6, 2010

An Earnest Attempt at Art

THIS IS ONE of the treasures I found this past weekend as I dug my way through our guest room/art studio. It must become one or the other and the weather is warm enough - and now there is enough shelf space - for the "other half" of the garage (the half with no car) to hold my art doings.
Summer guests are now (almost) welcome to descend. Only the bed needs to be put together. And it would be nice if the room were painted. And the corners dusted. But one thing at a time.
I found these leaves last fall up on our property and arranged them ala Andy Goldsworthy. Someday I may do this with the banana slugs that congregate on the pathways on the property. I'll take some kitchen tongs to herd them.
So many different things have been going on in life. Ups and downs, ins and outs, sidestep and skedaddle. Last month I danced outdoors under the light of the full moon at a party, over the Fourth of July the Mister and I went to the Oregon Coast to stay with friends for the night, and today the coolness finally eased and we got a taste of real warmth - real summer - in the air.
There were sprinklers going with golden sunset light shining through, barefoot kids in the park, the thrumming sound of motorcycles and the warm summer air like some sort of heavenly dry water flowing around your arms and face.
I'm leaving you on the precipice of the Pacific Ocean, where Lewis and Clark might have walked to if they could still make one foot push out in front of the other after they stopped at Seaside. Down below is Manzanita and then Nehalem Bay, which was our destination - femminismo
p.s. It's 75 degrees outside right now at 9:30 p.m. Yesterday it was probably 53!


Steve said...

The pacific - the ocean I have never seen first hand. Thank you for letting me see it through your eyes.

Candace said...

I'm with Steve on this one. That second shot is so heartthrobbingly beautiful. Can you be homesick for a place you have never been?

Glad summer pushed through for you!
It's hotter than hell's hinges here.

Clowncar said...

you describe summer so well. the sprinklers. the barefoot kids. the tickle of a breeze.

I wish there were fireflies where I live. I miss fireflies.

Jenny Matteson said...

The 4th of July on the beach is excellent! We watched fireworks from the beach at Pacific City.

For those of you who have never been to the Pacific, I recommend Oregon's beaches, which are all public and contain one spectacular vista after the other. Even stormy days are beautiful. Thanks for your photos, Femminismo! ;)

Anonymous said...


Wishing for warmth here...three layers on!