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Shop for Food and Art Outdoors and Really Enjoy It

This piece is going to be my contribution to this year’s live auction held for the benefit of the Easton Farmers’ Market in Easton, PA. I have exhibited my clay work there quite a few times over the past few years as part of the Arts Community of Easton (ACE) group, of which I am a member – we have a tent at the market with a rotation of artists.

Easton is a small city about 50 miles from where I live, and normally I wouldn’t be involved with events like this so far away from home. I first encountered the art community there about 15 years ago, when I exhibited at the Riverside Festival of the Arts, held in a park beside the Delaware River each September. I met many wonderful people who adopted me into the community, and over the years I have taken part in shows, exhibits, and gallery events there. I even participate in a charity knitting event in November, run by a friend I met through ACE.

All in all, Easton has been very good to me, and I wanted to say thank you – so when I was asked to contribute a piece of art, I was happy to do it. The requirements were that I use the board they supplied and that the theme of my work somehow reflect some aspect of the market. I chose to do a scene of shoppers looking over the vendors’ wares, with some of Easton’s downtown in the background.

The market is held every Saturday from May to November in Centre Square, and this year for the first time is also open on Wednesday evenings, June to September.

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Easton Farmers’ Market
Arts Community of Easton
City of Easton

"Shopping at the Market"  collage/acrylics 16" x 20"

“Shopping at the Market”
16″ x 20″

Just a Minute or Maybe a Little More

Here are four more 6″ x 6″ mixed-media pieces on 3/8″ board, members of the same group I posted some examples of a day or two ago.

Sometimes I think pieces like these have two lives – one is if they can stand up to a quick glance, with the shapes, colors, and forms holding up to make a pleasing, coherent whole.

And then there is their ability to withstand examination, if the viewer finds more to think about and stops to take a good long look.

I always hope to achieve both goals. Doesn’t always happen, but that’s what I try for.

I Am Thinking Ahead to Summer

I have been working on some collage/mixed media pieces and have finished a group of four, each 12 ” x 12″, on a 3/8″ board surface that came already primed. I painted randomly on each one of them and then added  some papers I found interesting. At that point, the pieces began to diverge and I worked on one at a time, until all four were finished. I will give each one its own bit of attention in the next few posts.

For this one, “This Tangled Garden Suits Me”, the initial paint and papers gave me the feeling of the summer sky on a hot day. From that snippet of an impression I  remembered my garden in our back yard and how things went last year in that small bit of land surrounded by a wavery wire fence.

I had grown vegetables off and on in the past, with the most recent time being the summer previous to last year. Inevitably the weeds proved stronger-willed than I was – the garden became a tangled mess. Surprisingly enough, my plants grew pretty well despite the competition, but I always felt I was doing wrong – the tomatoes, squash, and eggplants  deserved a more dedicated gardener. I embarrassed myself when I looked at the garden, though no one else thought a thing of it. I didn’t want to garden anymore, I thought – it was so much work and I wasn’t doing it!

But I like to grow things. So last summer I decided the garden would be different. I would grow flowers, my favorites: sunflowers, marigolds, and zinnias. Morning glories on the fence. I would have four tomato plants only. No other vegetables. And I would not worry about the weeds.

I cleared out the space, put in a little path of stepping-stones, set up a bird bath, and added a small table (so that I could set my gardening tools down and still find them). I planted the seeds. I did nothing else, with the exception of setting up some netting over the sunflower seeds until they sprouted – the birds would eat them otherwise.

The flowers all came up and grew just beautifully – the morning glories on the fence were also a huge success, though deer ate some later in the summer. And – I got four volunteer squash plants, descendents of the ones I had planted last year – I guess some fruits had escaped my eye and gone back to the earth, with this result. Anyway, they were enthusiastic producers and we had wonderful meals from them all summer. The tomatoes didn’t do much, but then, most people had trouble with tomatoes last year, it seemed, with the very hot weather.

I also had weeds. Grass more than ankle high. Purply ground ivy. Some big-leafed low-growing green plants. Some kind of taller, smaller-leafed ones. And more. It was a mess, really. But – the vegetables and flowers didn’t seem to mind – the squash vines wound their way around the birdbath and the sunflowers were thick and tall. The zinnias were above waist-height and their brilliant flowers lasted and lasted. Even when the deer ate the morning glory blossoms I didn’t get upset – I took the remnants of the vines that I could untwine from the fence and got them to accept the table as their new support.

Every day I looked at this scene and I had a big smile on my face. Already I am looking forward to this year’s garden.

So here in this picture you see a memory and also, I hope, the future.

"This Tangled Garden Suits Me" 12" x 12" 2013

“This Tangled Garden Suits Me”
12″ x 12″