Living in the suburbs of Chicago, as I do, we suffer through some brutal winters. Snow piles up to your waist, frozen fingers, minus twenty degree wind chills, cold that feels like it simply sucks the air out of your lungs…it’s ugly. FUGLY even. And sometimes, it feels like it will never end.
Except it does. And the summers are glorious.
Now some people will complain about the heat. I am not one of those people. I am the first to throw out the phrase “POLAR VORTEX” and promptly tell you to suck it up. I love the heat. I love the summer. I love the sunlight warming up my skin, green growing things, farmers markets, warm breezes, afternoons at the pool, summer thunderstorms, backyard barbeques, flip flocks, and long hours of daylight. I love being outside at eight o’clock and having it feel like the evening has only just begun. I love waking up to full sun (as an official bad-at-morning person, I find waking up to my alarm infinitely easier in the summer and I am much kinder to those who try to communicate with me when I’ve just woken up).
Today, if you didn’t already know, marks the Summer Solstice, at least for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s the longest day of the calendar year. It’s kind of strange, because it feels like summer really only just kicked off, and the days start getting shorter from here.
Anyway, I thought it would be fun to make a new piece or artwork for the occasion. Because Summer, I truly do love you! I meant to make something last year but time got away from me. Better late than never.
This, and the other new pieces I’ve created in the last few weeks should be finding their way into my Etsy shop very soon.