Saturday, May 8, 2010

Days of transformation

What have I been doing?  I have not been working in the studio and I have enjoyed the break.  Whenever I put up a big show, get my studio all cleared and put away, it takes me a while to reenter.  I need to put things in perspective and wait until the next wave catches me.  So I dealt with getting a replacement title for Mama's car which will pass on to Jonah, my son.  I fortunately got my passport in the mail this week (the other one was lost in the mail while I was away.  Now that is a whole story I won't get into here!)  And I have been gardening, which is work and a joy!  I have also cleared my silk painting space and begun that again as the requests were building up.  This is a detail on one painted this morning before we took off to the farmer's market for local foods.
It is blossoming time here in these north lands, but earlier than usual by 10 days.  This old apple mostly feeds the deer, but so lovely.  Jonah came yesterday and trimmed it up.  It sits just above the spring which feeds the watercress.  I have a most fabulous crop of watercress.
But fiddle head ferns are also fabulous.  We were almost too late to capture them this year, but found enough for a week's worth of greens.  A magical fern grove as part of our river walk.  First time for this location and we were so happy to be there.
Bruce found his walking stick already river smoothed and he also found his magical wizard self as he sat waiting for me to finish my picture taking.  He could hardly wait to show me the view on the other side of this rock.
So beautiful, a place which beckons a return.  Vermont is such a paradise that once winter passes I almost forget how much winter has its hold on the land here.
This water has forgotten winter and its colors have found their way into my silks.
Amazing because I did these silks before I took that photo....could it be that I saw the colors in the river because I had been painting in such similar hues.  Always more to wonder about; well, I have time to wonder.  Hope you all have time to wonder too...and maybe even leave me a bit of your thoughts.


Unknown said...

Lovely set of shots. Those ferns do look great! Btw - I planted some watercress that had little roots on and it has taken hold! I've had my first salads from it this week. Only problem is, the squirrels like it as well, so I've had to bring it into the kitchen.

Maggie Neale said...

Hi Annie, we have squirrels too, but they don't seem to bother the cress. Maybe they don't like to get their feet wet! Isn't it delicious?!

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

Eating from the garden already! These photos are breathtaking and then to the last one...the scarves where I agree, you picked up the colors of the river!

Anonymous said...

Oh, Maggie, those silks are beautiful. It's a weird experience when one paints something before onew sees it -- happened to me a few times. I felt honored that the spirit would bless me so. I stay anonymous, but my name is Linda.

M.A. Wakeley said...

Your images are lovely, Maggie. A magical garden. It is nice to take a break from the studio and let the dust settle a bit before going back in to work. I am sure that whatever you begin will be with fresh with inspiration. Looking forward to it!

p.s. our squirrels are voracious when it comes to tomatoes. they will eat them green off the vine! it's too bad because i love a fresh garden tomato more than anything.

Maggie Neale said...

Hi Mary Ann, we've hung some mylar strips (wrapping paper cut) and the sparkle/gleam helps to keep the critters away. I had to stop feeling the birds because the squirrels feasted so thoroughly, even eating the wooden feeder if the seed ran out.

Yes! I do have fresh work, just need to get it into the computer for your viewing pleasure. said...

Beautiful silk work and much talent..

Maggie Neale said...

Oh Bruce, you came to visit...thanks!
Glad you see it as talent.