The Tease of Spring

The Tease of Spring by Ashby Carlisle

“The Tease of Spring” fills the air at unexpected moments during the winter months marking a false herald of Mud Season.  Mud Season is one of my favorite times of the year.  Earth smells have been accumulating under a blanket of snow and explode into the air. Squishy footprints march to the compost bin. And mud mounds dot the lawn telling us that worms are hard at work preparing the soil. Above the thawing ground float clear blue skies yet to be filled with the busyness of Man. This year a masquerading mud season arrived in December with blooming cherry trees, 6 inch daffodil stalks, mud mounds and greening lawns.  This experience informed my color palette and creation of plant forms in the triptych. The colors are bright and clear like the spring light and uninterrupted by text close to the earth.   The plants are bronze with cylindrical tops just pushing up through the ground and the clay segments are glazed in unearthed copper which give them the deep rich earthy brown of mud that appears both dry and wet.

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