This time of year always brings about a mountain of things that need to be done, but I’m happy to climb that mountain, because the days are longer, the temperatures and milder, the trees and flowers are budding and blooming, and I can almost taste the sweet, refreshing “Spring” waters that flow into my favorite season ~ Summer!
They say “March comes in like a Lion and goes out like a Lamb.” I love that expression, because it is so true! The weather is commonly cold, harsh, rainy, and wet in the beginning and then becomes warm and lovely by the end of the month. But, it’s not all about the weather! For myself, there is an aspect of feeling a need to organize and clean and make plans. The world comes alive and there is so much just beginning to emerge, there’s a feeling of urgency for everything to get started.
The yard and garden are now showing signs of new growth. I love working in my garden and now is that time of year I can finally put seeds in the ground and start small plants in my greenhouse. I begin planning where I’m going plant everything around the yard and in the raised beds. Just being outside and working with the soil I have a feeling of hope and anticipation of witnessing the wonders of nature.
The many Art events that take place during the summer months are now in the planning and preparation stages. I work with the Salem Multicultural Institute to develop and design the poster and program for the World Beat Festival, which is the last weekend in June. Each year a different country is highlighted. This year the festival will be focussing on Japan.
Artists in Action members are invited to share a booth at the World Beat Festival, provided as a trade to me for designing the World Beat Festival poster. So this is another event I head up – the AiA both at the World Beat Festival. Each participating artist will bring in 2-3 paintings or other artworks for display as well as note cards, prints, and various smaller art pieces. Our booth is set up like an art gallery. We distribute information about Artists in Action. I usually paint watercolor portraits. We will once again set up two easels with paints and canvas that is open to the public to paint on. Many of the guests are young children and it was amazing to see the finished paintings last year, communally painted by all age groups.
Another summer activity that I participate in is “Paint the Town” – a plain air painting event sponsored by AiA, based in Salem and the Willamette Valley. We paint at different locations throughout the Summer months and then have a juried group art show in the Fall. The event locations will be announced as soon as thy are designated.
The River Gallery, in Independence, will be hosting a show in August, “Hot Fun in the Summertime” and the deadline for submission is in July. Now is the time to start planning and designing work for this show as well.
So much to look forward to, plus I plan to begin composing paintings for my next solo show ~ time and location to be announced.
Ahhh, the roar of the Spring Lion – with impulse and incentive to take on the world! But, toward the end of the month, as our plans transpire, Spring will ensue with all the gentleness, meekness, and innocence of the Lamb.