Harvest is one of my all time favorite Neil Young albums. I remember kids playing "Needle and the Damage Done" in the art room while I saw experimenting sticking my hands and arms in vats of melted casting wax, sculpting dragons, and enameling pennies. One of those kids was Cindy Cashdollar, who is a renowned Dobro player, the Kane brothers who went on to form the Kane Brothers Blues Band. But I digress...
Harvest is also one of my favorite times of the year as I like getting ready to nest. Winter forces me to slow down and live a simpler life, which I know my body and psyche need. We have ordered the fire wood, I am freezing my herbs and veggies and even went as far as buying a Food Saver vacuum sealer. I am making hearty soups and anticipate roasted chickens, potatoes and veggies scenting the house.
I don't mind dressing in layers, and have learned not to fight winter, but be prepared for it, which will include getting the garage cleaned out enough for the VW!!!
HOWEVER - I do miss the light and I have still not figured out how to deal with the blues I can get from the lack of it.
While I was in the midst of freezing my first batch of swiss chard, I shot the operation with my Canon Power Shot A-75, no flash, hand held, and ran them both through Photoshop a bit to lighten and apply a filter. The photos are lush, warm, and inviting. The veggies become rich sensuous shapes. On occasion I will take a shot that makes me want to paint it... and this one shouts to me, even though I don't paint many still lifes. But this one...this one might make me change my mind...if I can ever get BACK into the studio long enough to paint in it!
My pre-heated bed is calling to me, and I must rest up for tomorrow. I could have used another day. Couldn't we all.
Patti O Harvest