awaiting spring


Longing to get out into the garden to clean up yet-untrimmed perennials, prune the roses and hydrangeas, weed and smell the earth, I’ve been frustrated by our extra long and colder winter. Usually the second half of February is spring-like, but sunshine has teased us only a few hours on a few days, and then it often happens that I’m working in the studio. The days are getting longer, yes, but they are still so gloomy that it’s easy to feel a bit just a bit SAD.

After a busy and productive week in the studio (yea!), I’d hoped for the blessings and energy from some sunshine. Instead it’s very cold (3C), windy and rainy with new snow on the mountains. Instead of outdoors, I’ve been in our unheated (10C) solarium cleaning up fallen leaves from cold-suffering and pouting hibiscuses and jades. A few hardy plants are bringing some pleasure though, and I tried taking some photos to share. A sign of how dark it is even out there at mid-day is that the camera’s flash kept coming on.


Anyway, here are two of my favourite old faithfuls – a jade and a heavenly scented orchid. Wishing an early spring to all my readers who are having a late and snowy winter!

I must say though, that Dave Bonta’s beautiful winter photos almost make me want snow again!

P.S. Oh, and while I’m playing a bit of linky love, I’ve been wanting to point out Teju Cole’s essay on how to write. I’m always in such awe of his writing on his blog that it makes me feel like I should stop my own scribblings and just concentrate on my visual art!

February 24, 2007 in Being an Artist by Marja-Leena