“One must maintain a little bit of summer, even in the middle of winter.”
Henry David Thoreau
A SOMETHING in a summer’s day,
As slow her flambeaux burn away,
Which solemnizes me.
A something in a summer’s noon,—
An azure depth, a wordless tune,
And still within a summer’s night
A something so transporting bright,
I clap my hands to see;
Then veil my too inspecting face,
Lest such a subtle, shimmering grace
Flutter too far for me.
Emily Dickinson from Complete Poems 1924
August 26, ’13
The lovely summer weather of the past 2 weeks has turned to chilly and gray overnight and this morning. We’ve been having warm days and cool nights which is a certain harbinger of Autumn. I’ve been reminding myself that summer isn’t truly over until Sept 21 or 22, which is all too close.
My heart has been rendered heavy with thoughts of the coming Fall and then, the dreaded Winter — and all the worries about dealing with those seasons. My particular worry is the dreaded Heating Season and the amount of dollars it may take to get through. Where those dollars are to come from, I don’t yet know. It’s a low day and I’m in a low frame of mind.
I have a commission to design and produce a Floor Cloth for a client. That work is going well with the design semi-complete and the cloth itself hemmed, primed, 1st steps marked-out in chalk and ready to go. Except that I’ve run out of paint and have to chill on this project until I buy more. Which will probably be on Wed or Thurs….
When I cut out the canvas for the Client’s cloth I also cut some for 2 smaller Floor Cloths and primed those, as well. For the primer, I used paint in a quart can that I bought years ago to paint a wall in the Culvert St apartment. I decided to use up what I have on hand rather than buy more white. I’m liking this tone for my work, it reminds me of pastel paper. When I came to the present stopping place on the Client’s cloth I decided to start work on one of the smaller ones, replicating the design I’d used for the Milk Can, earlier this summer.
This Floor Cloth is 28” x 35”, unhemmed. I haven’t yet decided to hem or not. After 5 hours work I’ve reached a temporary stopping place on this small cloth and won’t be able to continue until I go out and buy more paint. I omitted a few of the initial steps from the Milk Can and am pleased with the results. It has less tone and is brighter. I think it won’t take me 40+ hours to finish this Floor Cloth.