I love this time of year. There's so much going on!! Vacations, barbecues, festivals...all kinds of fun! I've been bitten by the creative bug, again, and have come up with some new techniques and new ideas. One thing that keeps showing up around me is the presence of birds. At the beach this weekend, one of my favorite activities was sitting on the deck listening to a mockingbird sing. Sitting on my new deck in my back yard, I could waste an entire day watching the birds at the feeders, and the pair of sparrows living in the birdhouse under the deck roof. Out for a run in Fort Myers last week, a crane let me get 3 feet away from him before he took flight. I read somewhere that birds sometimes symbolize the presence of angels. In the book, A Dictionary of Symbols, it says "birds, like angels, are symbols of thought, of imagination...pertain to the element of air...they denote 'height' and, consequently, 'loftiness' of spirit." I like that! Whatever they symbolize, they bring a sense of peace, romance, frivolity, and beauty to my life. For that I am grateful, and inspired. Check back soon to see what unfolds in my studio...