May is the end to my teaching year. It is celebrated by a nice recital where all my students can showcase their developing skills. It is when I can sit and think about the progress each one has made, and begin to plan the directions I'd like to take them in the fall.
May is a time of stepping back my studio teaching obligations so that I may enjoy a more relaxed, free summer. It allows me more time to spend outdoors during the beautiful Michigan summer. It gives me time to devote to my art and time to really enjoy being by myself.
Finally, May is planting season (usually, but we've had so much rain everything is delayed this year!). I love seeing all the freshly plowed fields while I'm out walking. They look so neat and orderly and I've always wanted to go and play in one. (I've managed to avoid doing this so my farmer neighbors wont be upset with me). I also love to plant flowers while I'm surrounded by the fragrance of lilacs in bloom and the flutterings of the first butterflies of the year. May brings many things to a close in my life, but it also opens many new and exciting doors.
I hope that Jaime likes my entry in her sketchbook. I had a relaxing and fun time painting it.