Red Dirt Farm

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A brilliant sky, pink with swirls of blue and purple if only for a moment, long enough for me to take just a few photos and then it was gone.   That’s how the morning started yesterday.  Sleet and freezing rain with just a bit of snow fell briefly.

I find time to write now because even though it seems a long way off, warmer temperatures will bring busier times for me here on the farm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was awake for the day by 3 am.  I gave up trying to sleep just before 5.  All week I have been contemplating seed ordering for this year’s gardens.  As always I have dreams of fields of flowers and charming bouquets of sweet simple flowers lovingly placed in the farm stand for sale.  I keep the dream alive year after year, that my flowers will be loved by someone other than me.  So there in the wee hours of the morning, before the sun came up I placed my orders.  With the press of the button, my dream of being a flower farmer will continue for yet another year.

This year, I’m beyond over the moon to say I have a venue outside of the farm stand, where my humble farm flowers will be available for purchase.  More about that later.

 

In chicken land, Gracie brought her tiny fluffy chick out of the enclosed nursery for just a few hours.  Briefly, on a wet cold windy day, she brought baby chick down into the run, into the dirtiest muddiest, poopiest part of the run.  She talked sweetly to the little one telling her all the things that new moms tell their wee ones.  The other chickens watched, especially Hawk, who is always quite observant of all the comings and goings and not at all inclined to be broody or to visit with my human self.  I believe her to be quite wise in her quiet ways.  Rooster Cogburn is the dad.  He too watches from a distance.  He has the best disposition, treats his ladies with great respect.  When I give him treats he gently takes them from my hand, places them on the ground and calls his ladies to come over and eat them before he does.  Now, that’s a true gentleman.

That darn red-bellied woodpecker remains elusive.  I have to do acrobatics and contort my body in unnatural ways just to get a crummy photo.  You just wait…

Tabletops and window sills are filled with bottles of cuttings from rosemary and lavender, growing roots for me to pot up later.

I also potted up tulips and daffodils this week for forcing, they too will be available for purchase in a local shop very soon.  (Insert a vision of me jumping for joy.)

A few weeks ago while I was recovering from surgery, I eased my pain with a few simple sketches.  Later I worked on incorporating those sketches into some mixed media work.

A bird wearing a crown.  I’m layering vintage images of mushrooms for the feathers.  This piece is a long way from complete.

Calls of the heart.  It is a self-portrait, eyes closed dreaming of feathers and flowers.  These are the things that occupy my dreams.  Awake and sleep dreams.  Layer after layer I rework these pieces.  Unsure of the next step, unsure if the piece is complete.  Mostly unsure of seeing my handwriting splashed out on the corner.  Maybe because then it is very personal and very real.  I’ve had it hanging on the wall for about a week, periodically looking at it trying to understand if it is trying to tell me something, or is it complete?

 

Until next time, xo kim

12 thoughts on “Pink skies closed eyes

  1. Pam says:

    Love to see your beautiful photo’s! You are a true artist with your mixed media creations, your photos and your gardens!

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    1. Oh my gosh Pam, thank you. Happy Dance! Kind words do matter. xo kim

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  2. Debra says:

    I have to say-why have you not sown your drawings before?! You are amazing. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the mixed media piece, and really really love the drawing of the bird. Just love them both!

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    1. Dear Sweet Debra – these past few years have been so difficult one thing after another. Last year I started working on my art again, it has truly been a struggle. I haven’t shown my art before because I’m not at all comfortable or confident doing so. I have no idea what I’m doing or if I should be doing it. I respect and admire your abilities so much, your words truly mean the world to me. Seriously – thank you for your encouragement. Lately I’ve taken to jumping off cliffs and low and behold I have lived to tell the tale. xo kim

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      1. Debra says:

        Just really need to reply-Kim-I’m not flattering you. Your chicken painting is way beyond a first attempt. It’s perfectly balanced, the colors are right, and so is the composition. I thought it was a painting you bought somewhere-but YOU DID IT. So just please keep painting and painting. Yes, lessons are good, but truly all you need to do is just keep painting. I love you for loving my words-just so you know-these past few years have been monumentally horrible for me as well. I am just thankful I can still paint. I went through a long spell of not being able to…..
        The cliffs are there, but you can fly.

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  3. Debra says:

    oh sorry, I mean ‘shown’ not ‘sown.’

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  4. Ginny says:

    Dear Kim, I love your peacefulness and acceptance of what life brings..it inspires me and fills me with warm reassurance. It always puts a smile on my face to see an entry and I want you to know how much your writings are looked forward to. You are so creative and your connection to nature is beautiful. That sunrise photo is spectacular! Ginny

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    1. Hi Ginny – how are things in your neck of the woods? I’m not sure if I accept a lot of the things life has thrown at me too peacefully or not, I guess I could always do better. I appreciate your kindness though and it is rewarding to hear that people enjoy what I share. I really do feel a connection to nature, and for you to say you see that, is what I can only hope that people will take away from my writings and photos. Blessings to you. xo kim

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  5. KT Workman says:

    I always love reading your posts and seeing your pictures. And now your art…you’re very talented, you know. Thank you for sharing.
    And I agree, the pink sky pic is fabulous!

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    1. Ah thank you so much for allowing me to share my creative endeavors. Isn’t natures pallet the best! xo kim

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  6. lindasschaub says:

    What a treat to have another post by you so soon Kim – glad you have a little time to do your crafts and also get out with the camera to make a post. The sky looks like it is on fire – really amazing with those streaks in it. I wish you luck with the new outlet for your flowers. Those look like interesting projects you are working on. The birds and chickens are attentive, but both that squirrel is cute … he’s studying you! (Another girl with her squirrel!)

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