I know, I know! Some of you just LOVE the heat! For the rest and for myself, with all my English blood and having lived here in Pennsylvania, USA for over 20 years now, I have to have my official moan about the intense heat and humidity we are having right now!
When my brain has been functioning ever so slightly and not fantasizing about swimming pools, the ocean and the top of Mt Everest, I have been trying to do some art. But seriously – unless I get on with it first thing in the morning, it’s just been so hard to get going with it lately. With me, heat creates something that ranges between mild grumpiness and lethargy all the way through to downright evil bad temper and insanity and it is not at all conducive towards artistic productivity. I have learned to live with it, somewhat, and I am blessed to live in a house that has air conditioning and I will say I have come a long way from the first couple of summers when I would just dissolve into a puddle of homesick tears as soon as the thermometer touched 80 degrees (f). But still……Summer is not my forte!
I have managed to do a couple of ‘live’ sessions with my daughter, this week and I did finish something I started in charcoal that is a minor sort of maybe something that someone I sort of know might like to put into their publication….and I dabbled around with my NuPastels and tried out a couple of other things….OK, maybe that does sound a bit productive after all.
But, honestly! The heat is dragging me down! How about you? Does the heat get to you? Do you work well when you feel too hot, or cold? Can you override it for a while or do you rearrange your working habits to accommodate? Do you just put down your brush and go to the beach?!
Here’s an older work of mine – Tyler State Park, in the snow! Please feel free to stare at it all you like and try to imagine that crisp, cold, air, and silent, muffled snow…..can you see your breath? Is the tip of your nose a bit red? …. I hope so!! Perhaps now would be a good time to get out some of my snowy references and see if those will help to get me going?!
I have been keeping this blog for SIX whole months now and I would like to just thank all who have supported it in every way ~ I have been having a lot of fun with it and I cannot even express the benefits I have had from having regular, arty, contact with all you lovely people ~ Thanks SO MUCH!! I really appreciate you ALL! 🙂