It’s April, and the world is in bloom. I’ve spent the weekend working in my backyard garden trying to get it back in order after it’s been neglected for so long. Winter in California is a holiday compare to other parts of the country , but still it can be cold and wet. During the winter, my garden is best experienced from behind a window in a warm and cozy room. The sunshine this weekend,however, demanded an extended stay outside. So I shot myself outside and hunkered down to do some serious weeding and trimming. A rototiller rejuvenated raised beds with a health dose of organic matter, or in more earthy terms, cow manure. The wild hinter lands are less a jungle and my winter, white skin has the beginning , if not a summer tan, at least a spring one.
Swamps are messy things. They’re wild and untamed, life unfettered. This is a great prompt for me right now. I hours away from Spring Break and the daily grind of teaching high school students. While I love my students, I also need time away from the regimen of the classroom. My swamp image reflects my mental need to let loose. I’ve thrown together this image using a variety of techniques. It’s a little traditional drawing, some digital painting and some digital collage. It’s a little scattered which is how my brain is acting right now. Yes! It’s time for a break.