Right now I’m enjoying;
i) Freshly picked sweet peas from our backyard – their scent is heavenly!
ii) Finishing some drawings that I’ve had in the works for a while. I took reference photos of the orchid on the copper plate before I was even pregnant but only just completed the drawing in the last week.
iii) Our boy Gabriel at 10 months old. He’s the most delightful little Squish. Full of cuddles and the sweetest giggles, and tiny little teeth both top and bottom. I think this has to be my favourite age so far, but I seem to say that every month!
iv) My shifts working as an attendant at the Joondalup Invitation Art Prize – I’m always interested to hear what the public thinks of the contemporary art pieces on display. This year’s exhibition has 28 artists and a top prize of $25,000 (won by Paul Kaptein). As much as I love working from home on my own artworks, it’s such a nice break to get out and do something different, and view the work of other local artists.
v) Our garden coming to life in the warmth of spring; honeysuckle and roses are blooming, magnolias and gleditsia are covered in vibrant new leaves, the grass is going rampant. It’s as though every bit of nature is joyfully anticipating that first magical day of summer. I love the warmer evenings and spending more time outdoors.
vi) Picking buckets and buckets of juicy mulberries from the tree in our veggie patch. My hands are permanently stained purple at the moment but climbing the ladder every few days to search for ripe berries is so much fun, and reminds me of my childhood when I did the same. I’ve been making mulberry syrup with the harvest (using this recipe), and it’s delicious served with ice cold sparkling water.
vii) Movies that have those warm, hazy, sun-drenched, dreamy summer vibes; Stealing Beauty, A Bigger Splash, Before Sunset … I’ve watched all of these in the last couple of weeks as inspiration for my own work as I feel pulled toward embracing warmer tones in my drawings, and hope to somehow portray light and nostalgia, and fleeting memories and romance and the heartbreaking beauty in the passing of time.
viii) Reading a work of fiction (I haven’t done that in so long!); ‘A Room With a View’. I watched the movie a couple of weeks back, but the book is enchanting too.