Now that it is getting dark earlier by the day, as well as the fact that I am in the gym for one hour following work, it remains near dark by the time I get home. As thus, my landscape work soon will be limited to weekends only. If you find yourself in a similar predicament, in terms of being blocked from your normal sources of creativity, look for subjects in places one would not typically associate with creativity-in the above photo, that would be of all places, Walmart. While picking up some salad items, this colorful three-pack of peppers caught my eye, not so much for a salad accoutrement, but for a studio subject. The week before it was gourds. One of my other favorite places for studio subjects on the cheap are antique stores and St. Vinnie's. Sadly took down all the perennial beds in the backyard after work and will work for the next two evenings on those in the front and side, which are much more spacious and will require a more intense effort. On the bright side, the colors are beautiful and from the hill at the top of my street, the gogebic mountain range is a firey red, yellow, and gold.
Sticks and stones are hard on bones
Aimed with angry art,
Words can sting like anything
But silence breaks the heart.
~Phyllis McGinley, "Ballade of Lost Objects," 1954