I really didn’t know if my wife and I would make it through the winter, and here it is, a new fresh, green spring again. Tinges of green is showing up in the tree tops and fresh flowers growing at their base.
Our senior class at the senior center went outside for our first outdoor plein air painting session this past Good Friday and it was beautiful. We went to a farm off U.S. Route 42 where a tree-lined drive was full of beautiful yellow flowers and it was an ideal day for our first outdoor excursion of the year.
In two hours I had filled my canvas with paint and had all my basic shapes in place and started in with some details. It felt so good to be outside painting again and I am glad we are still around to enjoy it.
It’s been a hard and harsh winter with my wife fighting liver cancer and her chemo treatments. Last week she had the second chemo treatment where they shot that poison directly into her liver. Before that she was having chemo every other week but now she will be pretty much in God’s hands for the rest of her recovery.
Like I said, it’s been a very long winter for us especially psychologically. Now we’re both talking about putting out another garden and figuring out what to plant. A good part of her recovery will come from the garden and with God’s help we will plant, can and freeze what we don’t consume the very day we harvest.
Getting our hands in the soil is also a direct connection with God. While I paint a poor copy of what He gives to us, I do see the miracle of a seed turning into a plant and something wonderful to eat.
The grass is greener day by day, the sun is warmer every afternoon and my heart is warmer thinking and believing in a future of life and love.
Harry Croghan is an artist, photographer, writer and teacher. He can be reached at (740) 852-4906 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.