SUMMER REFLECTIONS

Nantucket Harbor, 8x10 oil on panel. Stebner

Nantucket Harbor, 8×10 oil on panel. Stebner

Three Cottages, Three Flags: Nantucket

Three Cottages, Three Flags: Nantucket

On such a quintessentially autumn day, with azure skies broken by golden treetops, my thoughts drift back over the amazing events of this summer past. Every falling leaf punctuates a summer seasoned by personal healing and growth. Saturdays, teaching my little band of painters at Crown Point, refuels my fire and solidifies what I know about this illusive craft. As with all teaching, it’s a chance to pass on the flame of creativity.

Summer Shadows: Cooperstown, New York. 9x12 Stebner oil on panel

Summer Shadows: Cooperstown, New York. 9×12 Stebner oil on panel

Some day soon will be the last day of autumn sunshine and we’ll be headlong into the grays of November, when garden breakfasts give way to coffee by the fire. At which point, my mind will still be rich with images from a summer that took me from Germany to Colorado: from cancer to health and from parent to grandparent.    And thanks to the perspective found through Jim’s aortic dissection and my silly hormone block (which still throws me into hot flushes at the most unexpected moments),we both shake loose some of the foolish shackles of our earlier-season selves and transition into a stage of our relationship which can only be described as velvet brocade. Nothing will ever be the same. Happily.

Main Street, Nantucket, 20x30 oil on linen, Stebner

Main Street, Nantucket, 20×30 oil on linen, Stebner

9 thoughts on “SUMMER REFLECTIONS

  1. Oh how ‘Summer Shadows’ speaks my name. And what a rich description – “…shaking loose some of the foolish shackles of our earlier-season selves & transition into a stage of our relationship which can only be described as velvet brocade”. Can I just say I love that? 🙂 Happy for you too.

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