Hanging Out in the Summertime

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Yesterday morning we awoke to just below 60F weather.
There was a westerly breeze sifting through the trees and
the air felt cool on the skin.  That kind of weather always
spurs me to action.

When you heat with wood, there are no seasons,
there is, instead, perpetual gathering and procuring
wood for the burning time.  It is an elemental way
to be, a sort of hunter-gather mind set that evolves
without you really noticing.

A bunch of tree limbs with fingers of branches
lay on the ground heading up the hill.  I spent the
morning filling a barrel with twigs for kindling
and raking up the leftovers to line the fence
line to keep Mr. Rusty the dig master from
finding the edges easily.

We have been so dry that few insects have
been available for the omnivorous ducks
to feast on and get their protein.  When this
happens I invade the leaf mold with trug and
spade and give to them heaping moundfuls
of worm laden leaves and decaying matter,
something I like to call the Festival of Worms.
The ducks go at the piles like kids lining up
underneath an exploding pinata waiting
for the barrage of candy to drop.
They are happy, I am happy.

While all of this is going on, my mind
has a chance to wander freely and gather
in ideas for journalling and painting. A little
dancing to the base groove sounds of Marcus Miller
and I was ready to paint…

Hanging Out in the Summertime

How do you hang out in the summertime?


  1. What a good earth Mother you are!!!!

  2. lyle baxter says:

    got my smile for the day! have you seen the book of paul klee's puppets? if not check the library you could relate to them! today at least! please come prune my bushes. will give branchs etc in return!

  3. yes very jazzy music to hang out in the sun with…
    I myself work in my gardens in the cool sunlight of early evening after a day in the studio.

  4. Jensters says:

    Wow wow wow Corrine great stuff x

  5. artymess says:

    Cool that is hanging out in the Summertime music for sure …….we have been doing the same with a tree my son felled in our front garden …cutting it all up into kindling and logs …..very satisfying on a real primeval level……I feel rich after I have done that knowing that we have fuel in the log store ….xx

  6. La Dolce Vita says:

    you fabulous duck feeder you!! and 60 is coldish for summer!!!

  7. love this piece Corrine, spontaneous and yes lovely colors!!!


    I love your summer hanging, it's gorgeous!

  9. Denise Scaramai says:

    Corrine, your narration of these events are delicious … the house, temperature and nature so close …
    ahhh that will be in a place like this, certainly
    inspiration for his paintings, you show us a joyful mood, colorful and spontaneous painting!
    congrats! and keep inspired!
    xox De

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