|Queen Amelia of the Garden, 7 x 10" mixed media on tan cotton paper.|
So this is a BIG reason why I live where I do.
Because this apartment has sliding doors that open onto a balcony, and I had to have some kind of outdoor space where things can grow.
The Happy Sparrows series started here, at my balcony feeder. The forget-me-nots and chamomile and nasturtiums, all in pots along the railing where they get as much sun as they can. While I don't have any chickens up here, I do grow the things I use for their settings.
This spring, I went to look at an artist's loft in one of the big live/work buildings in Lowertown. Beautiful brick, aged wood, the community in the heart of everything -- and not so much as a window box to call my own. I pictured myself there and my heart sank, and I came back home grateful for the sunlight and space of my balcony, full of lively little sparrows even in the middle of winter.
Always, I'm taking that step sideways from reality, but it turns out I need to have one foot on the ground, even if that ground is three floors up.