August 2021 – a late start and super hot!

Our summer had a bit of a late start, with draught, and then cold weather, and for July and August, here in Southern and Central Ontario, we have had a lot of rain, and when it isn’t raining the heat is pretty intense!

I have also not been in the Studio much since mid-June. Too many things to catch up with as some of the COVID restrictions were lifted. The garden required much work too, which was quite a chore as the mosquito populations exploded and I suffer greatly from their greedy little bites.

Purple Cone-flower, pale yellow Hollyhock and Phlox

Some of the harvest

Mix of peppers and sauce toms and nasturtium seeds

The vegetable garden has also exploded and I am, like everyone else who gardens, having a tough time keeping up with the produce. The freezer is full of tomato sauce, frozen tomatoes ( way too hot for me to can them) and hot peppers are being fermented and refrigerated to store for the winter and for little gifts

Gorgeous peppers!

Today, August 29th, a Sunday, and the hottest humidex ever (feeling like 41C🥵🥵), I actually have spent some time in the Studio. Hooray! I have Just been playing and not attaching too much to my creations, not being precious about how I lay down a line, or what I use to do so. And I must say, that I feel quite good about what I have done.

Inspirational sweet peas….
…with nasturtiums
Which got me all excited to plan some colour-work for a knitting project (did I mention I am an avid knitter?!)

And then in the Studio I worked away at a couple of small, experimental pieces, using brown Pelikan ink, a dip pen, various brushes, some watercolours, white gel pen, black markers and some colour-pencils. I deliberately limited my palette and I really am pleased with the results. Hoping these will translate into posters and cards soon! Let me know what you think.

Fox and squirrel, Garden Bedlam, my favourite Lamy Safari fountain pen

Well, keep cool people! My favourite season is nearly here, and though I do not wish to hasten time, I will be breathing a sigh of relief for cool evenings in the garden, the golden light and change of colours, the lighting of fires both inside and out, and best of all, cold swims in The Bay and time in my Studio.

Published by pw57

Patti is a visual artist. She lives and works in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada.

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