20 October 12 • MAV

Since I have officially closed the chapter on Summer, 2012 (meaning: I have looked through all of my film and chosen the photographs I’ll be featuring in our Quarterly No. 9 glossy gallery, Stephanie and my special place to remember each season) I thought I would take a moment in this space to remember some of my favorite bits. There are way too many to feature this week, so I might have to continue this at some point, but here’s a start. Goodbye Summer, 2012!

The top two photographs were taken just around the summer solstice. It’s such a time of promise! You have the whole summer ahead of you and so much adventure to come. I made these paintings (the large turqoise/grey piece just above is actually my sweethearts) at a time when I was feeling so joyous about it all. The world around felt about to burst! Of all of the doodles and paintings I did this summer I like these the best.

These two photographs above were taken on our family trip to Mount Desert Island. We saw the most extraordinary gardens and sunsets. The bottom image was taken from the screened-in deck of a great lobster pound. The colors that night were unmatched! Of all of my summer wanderings I think this was my favorite trip.

My family had a very special summer toast in early July out on the rocks at Two Lights State Park. You’re not supposed to drink there so don’t tell! It was a beautiful evening and best of all was that we were all together (something that happens more rarely these days).

My oldest nephew, Miles, made his first visit to our little rental cottage mid-summer and we had such a great day. We painted rocks (the ones in the photographs were actually ones that my sweetie and I painted last year; it was awesome to see they were still at the cottage after a whole year) and went for a row in the little boat. We stayed close to shore even though Miles wanted to go out further. He slept all the way home.

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To be straight, it was a very busy summer, and I felt tired and overwhelmed quite often, but ultimately, what I will remember the most, are the people. My parents and dear friends visiting and staying in our flat … sharing the day to day with us at the most beautiful time of the year. It really was a nice summer in so many ways. I hope it was for you as well.