It’s 70 degrees here today, so I have once again regained the will to live. I even went out and swept the salt off the back deck and thought about how I might furnish it this year, since some of our vintage— i.e. old and rotting— porch furniture needs to be replaced. It’s kind of pointless, since here in St. Louis you can only actually use your deck or patio for about a week before the heat, humidity, and mosquitoes drive you inside for the rest of the summer– but you want it to look nice as you view it from inside the house. I do, anyway. Porches have always loomed large in my drawings, I suppose because I have such wonderful memories of our screened in porch when I was growing up. We didn’t have air conditioning until I was almost in high school. Instead we had a neighborhood pool and an attic fan. Somehow the heat never bothered us then and we were outside ALL THE TIME. Running. Playing ball. Walking everywhere. What the…???? How did I turn into such a wimp?? Oh well. All the more time to DRAW people running, playing ball and being outside among the insects.
Here are some of my favorite drawings of porches, just to remind us all that spring and summer really are on the way.
And don’t forget to check out my project and paper dolls in Amy Powers’ new online edition of Inspired Ideas– another sure sign that spring is almost here!
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