Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Photos, Gardening and Art, Oh My!

Front and Center, 2007, Oil on Panel, 18x18

Well, thanks to Bart, I managed to actually get the fab photo of myself up on my profile. He sent me a few links to it and one of them worked. The problem is that I have been looking at the dang picture so much now that I don't think I like it anymore. But I am stuck with it for now because there is just not enough time in the world for me to figure out all of this computer crap.

I finished clearing out the hillside garden over the weekend, which is a load off my mind. It was hot, sticky and very buggy. I have 67 bug bites and I am totally not kidding, I counted them. Most of them are clustered around the best spots ever for itchy bug bites, elbows, knees and ankles and I admit to going a bit batty the last few days with all of that. But the good news is that I wore shorts outside and in public and 1. The world didn't stop spinning - no one laughed and pointed at me and 2. I got some color and so now my legs don't actually glow in the dark anymore. And the best news is that for at least a week or so, my garden will look like this.

Ignore the weeds in front. Clearly we need to mow and weed wack.

I got all of the weeds out (Doug helped a bit on the far end where the weeds were actually trying to pull me into the earth),
put in some new plants and then mulched. It will fill in a bit and will change quite a bit over the next few years but for now I am just happy to have momentarily conquered the burdock and dandelions.

The vegetable garden is almost completely planted and this year we decided to add strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. The strawberries should produce all summer and so I have added a trip to the garden to my morning chores in order to collect the ripe ones each day. And I must say here that our strawberries taste incredible, especially compared to store bought. It's amazing how you get used to the flavorless ones from the store after awhile. The blueberries are already ripening as well and I am really looking forward to those. I make a mean blueberry cobbler.

Oh yeah, art. Check out Susan's mention and a few pictures of my work over at Digging Pitt's blog. It's Three Rivers Arts Festival time in Pittsburgh and if you are nearby go check it out. I have a number of pieces on display in Boxheart's booth at the festival as well as in their gallery (see sidebar).


Schuivert said...

You're welcome Tracy, nice to see it worked!

Tracy Helgeson said...

Maybe someday I'll be able to understand why. Maybe I should put images up on flickr, although I did try that once and couldn't get that to work either. It's a miracle I can get around at all:)

Bridgette Guerzon Mills said...

Have you read Barbara Kingsolver's latest book "animal, vegetable, miracle"? It's really good and I highl recommend it as it's about sustainable agriculture. Makes me want to plant my own veggies. Or get some chickens. But I think I need to move out of the city first. It really is amazing though the difference in quality and taste fresh vegetables and fruit are compared to store bought.

I like your photo btw!

Casey Klahn said...

You should love this photo. It works great for me.

Susan Constanse said...

Tracy, that's an awesome picture of you. And the garden looks amazing.

Tracy Helgeson said...

Bridgette, i haven't read it but I am aware of it, I should pick it up next time I am at a bookstore. We do pretty well with eating locally grown foods as well as organic too, and living in the country has really influenced to provide more for ourselves.

You may want to check with your town about chickens, some allow hens but no roosters.

Thanks Casey, I will try to like it again:)

Thanks Susan. I am kind of proud of my gardens, considering I knew next to nothing about gardening a few years ago when we moved here. I still look at the plants and can't believe they are actually growing:)

Lisa Call said...

The photo is great. I'm sure I am more unphotogenic than you so don't worry.

And the garden looks awesome - congrats. Nothing is in my veggie garden yet - ack - I'm getting stressed about it. I need fresh organic veggies from my garden to survive.

Kesha Bruce said...

Your photo is rockstar and so is your garden!

gary rith said...

Wowee. What a gorgeous house and garden. Lives up to your paintings!

Mary Klein said...

I like your photo, Tracy. The sepia's nice and it's cool how it appears that you're looking over at your words.

Tracy Helgeson said...

Kesha, Rockstar?! Perfect! I have always thought I should be one:)

Thanks Gary, The gardens have been a ton of work, but worth it. The house had been a rental and then was empty and the yard was a mess.

Thanks Mary, I am a big fan of sepia too.

I have to admit to being a bit unsettled though, about seeing the photo next to every comment I leave now. Even I think it's too much me:)