So Long Summer…..

Yesterday may have been my final swim for this year with the family at Middle Bay. Well it’s possible I’ll brave it a few more times before October. But probably the last really warm day where you feel like lingering afterwards to soak up the sun on the rocks along the shore.  By the time september hits in Maine, though still very pleasant, the air feels a bit crisper, the days noticeably shorter, the yard mostly shadows by afternoon, the last of my blackberry bush stems become shriveled and dry and the water is much colder.

I got my 6th grade  boys off to Junior high for the first time this week.  A transition I’d hoped to go a little smoother, but for some reason left us all feeling a bit frazzled and on edge all week. It’s definitely a change, an end to an era.  The beginning of a whole new parenting experience ahead of me. Which of course, no matter how much information I receive, advice I get or how smart I might think I am. I’m never really prepared for and will probably have to just resort to what I’ve had to from the get go,” just winging it”, and “learning on the go” none of which I admit are particularly strengths of mine. Oh well, in the end I hope we’ll all still love each other.

This “So Long to Summer” piece, which actually is officially titled “Belle Latitude” by my copywriter husband,Tom Mitchell, I finished a few weeks ago for The Brunswick 10×10 Annual Art Sale. The show raises money for Arts Are Elementary. An organization that sends artist into the schools to enrich the Arts education for students grade k-5th.

The piece was painted with gouache and pastel with some bits of collaged paper and fabric on Arches 140 lb. watercolor paper