Welcome Summer

Wanderer moon
smiling a
faintly ironical smile
at this
brilliant, dew-moistened
summer morning,-
a detached
sleepily indifferent
smile, a
wanderer’s smile,-
if I should
buy a shirt
your color and
put on a necktie
where would they carry me?

Summer Song, William Carlos Williams

Yesterday was the Summer Solstice. The dog days – the dreaming days – are here. In the next few weeks we will the crack open new watercolor sets, open new books, join in games with children, kick off our shoes at every opportunity, pen little stories, ride our bikes to the water’s edge, toss frisbees and softballs, spray hoses, and laze under the big yellow ochre ball of the sun ๐Ÿ™‚

Summer Night, Riverside Drive, George Wesley Bellows, 1909:

17 thoughts on “Welcome Summer

  1. Dave Rudin says:

    Sounds like you’ve got a plan. Enjoy!

  2. Geraldine says:

    Happy Summer Solstice! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. LK says:

    You could arrange your words in vertical fashion and it would be a poem as beautiful as Walter’s. And…

    …it sounds very inviting!

    Hoping all is well with you,


  4. Bill MacDonald says:

    Oh, definitely. There are just so many possibilities — none of which involves shoveling snow! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • artmodel says:


      No snow shoveling for many, many months thank goodness! Right now it’s sun, fun, and, to use your wonderful word, possibilities ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thanks for commenting!


  5. scultore says:

    Summer Solstice brings the Mermaid Parade , today, one of those great things to do in NY, and .. we are waiting to see your linocuts!

    • artmodel says:


      I know how much you enjoy the Mermaid Parade! Will Meg be posting photos on Flickr?

      Linocuts are coming! All I have right now is my practice plate from class printed variously. I can post those since everyone wants to see ๐Ÿ™‚


  6. Derek says:

    have summer time,its already hot in australia

  7. Jennifer says:

    Summer seems to have been cancelled over here, but I hope you enjoy yours in NYC!!

  8. violinhunter says:

    …and laze under the big yellow ochre ball of the sun.”? Nice thought but I don’t think so – I would absolutely FRY. This is not New England. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. scorpioski says:

    Sure hope you get to spend a little of this special season on our special Isle…

    • artmodel says:


      Actually we’ll be on the neighboring island this year! But perhaps I can find a few hours to get over to Nantucket and catch up with an old friend ๐Ÿ™‚

      We’ll talk. Hope you’re well!


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