Litha – Drawing Inspiration In Summer

Litha 2021 © Stefanie Neumann - #KBFHandcrafted - All Rights Reserved. - Handgezeichnete Sommerornamente im Stil von Rosen in drei verschiedenen Rosa-Rot-Tönen mit einer Schnecke und einem Marienkäfer mit einem sonnengelben Rahmen. - Hand-drawn Summer ornaments reminicscent of roses in three different shades of pink and red with a snail and a ladybird with a sun-yellow frame.

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Gräser Bordüre L © Stefanie Neumann - #KBFHandcrafted - All Rights Reserved. - Handgezeichnete Sommerbordüre im Stil von grünen Gräsern mit einer Schnecke und einem Schmetterling. - Hand-drawn Summer border reminicscent of green grasses with a snail and a butterfly.

Whilst in Spring everything seemed to take up some speed, in high Summer things seem to slow down. Abundance is still plenty, only everything seems to densify as if the heat evaporates any excess distraction and leaves us with the pure essence of it.

Come to think of it, this seems to be quite the practical concept to me. I find it hard to focus on anything much when the temperatures go above 25°C and in recent days we hat up to 36°C. Maybe my brain then also gets reduced to the essence and refuses to think about anything else than the most necessary stuff.

Actually, that is an interesting idea because it would mean that nothing important gets lost if I go with that flow and do not try to keep an overview that cannot be kept under the current circumstances.

Perhaps this is something to remember for life in general.

Ackerblumen C © Stefanie Neumann - #KBFHandcrafted - All Rights Reserved. - Handgezeichnete Sommerornamente im Stil von blauen Kornblumen und rotem Klatschmohn. - Hand-drawn Summer ornaments reminicscent of blue cornflowers and red poppie.
Sommerkräuter Bordüre R © Stefanie Neumann - #KBFHandcrafted - All Rights Reserved. - Handgezeichnete Sommerbordüre im Stil von lila blühenden Sommerkräutern (Beifuß, echter Lavendel, echter Salbei) mit einer Schnecke und einer Biene. - Hand-drawn Summer border reminicscent of purple blooming summer herbs (comfrey, lavendar, salvia) with a snail and a bee.

In Nature, the grass is high, the comfrey is done blossoming, the Salvia flowers are in their last stages and the lavender is about to bloom. As a contrast to all the purple, we see the white blossoms of the white clover standing out and lots of colourful roses are now in full bloom, everywhere. The hollyhocks are beginning to form their first buds while horned violets are bravely hanging in there with all the heat and forget-me-nots are still displaying some last pale flowers while the Summer breeze is carrying away most of their seeds by now.

Yesterday, the sun passed its highest angle in the Northern hemisphere which presented us with the longest day of the year. This means, as of today, the days are getting shorter, again, already.

The crow bachelors are visiting the nearby aspen-tree and their voices sound like Autumn to me. The blackbird is still visiting the plum-tree, every day, to sing an afternoon song and later a lullaby. Also, I still see a couple of starlings walking through the patches of grass in front of the house on the look-out for something edible. Meanwhile the titmice fill the air with happy sounds and at night – yes, at night! – a robin sings us beautiful dreams.

Lavendel C © Stefanie Neumann - #KBFHandcrafted - All Rights Reserved. - Handgezeichnete Sommerornamente im Stil von lila Lavendel mit einer Schnecke und einer Biene. - Hand-drawn Summer ornaments reminicscent of lilac lavendar with a snail and a bee.
Walderdbeeren Bordüre L © Stefanie Neumann - #KBFHandcrafted - All Rights Reserved. - Handgezeichnete Sommerbordüre im Stil von Walderdbeeren mit weißen Blüten, roten Früchten, grünen Blättern, einem Marienkäfer und einer Biene. - Hand-drawn Summer border reminicscent of wild strawberries with white blossoms, red fruits, green leaves, a ladybird and a bee.

Also, an abundance of foods is coming our way in Summer – albeit a bit later than usual, this year. Strawberries, cherries, raspberries and some first blueberries are now in season. In some woods we may even find some wild strawberries. Salads, the above mentioned garden herbs as well as a wide range of wild herbs are now available, as well as Summer vegetables like cucumbers, courgettes, green and yellow beans and green celery sticks.

Meanwhile more abundance is growing – on the plum-tree in front of the balcony I see wild plums growing, the elder bushes are beginning to show first green berries which will slowly turn black towards Autumn, apples and pears are ripening and the Autumn vegetables are growing on the acres.

Usually, this is the time when I am beginning to get busy with holiday preparations for Autumn and Winter, but for one we have prepared a good amount in previous years that we still have not all eaten and further the weather and the pandemic have shifted things a bit. And then there are the challenges of everyday life that sometimes take a turn which requires almost all of our strength.

In phases like this it is good to know that everything is in motion and nothing is stagnant, even if it sometimes seems that way to us.

Sommerkräuter C © Stefanie Neumann - #KBFHandcrafted - All Rights Reserved. - Handgezeichnete Sommerornamente im Stil von lila blühenden Sommerkräutern (Beifuß, echter Lavendel, echter Salbei) mit einem Marienkäfer, einer Schnecke, einer Biene und einem Schmetterling. - Hand-drawn Summer ornaments reminicscent of purple blooming summer herbs (comfrey, lavendar, salvia) with a ladybird, a snail, a bee and a butterfly.
Rosen Bordüre R © Stefanie Neumann - #KBFHandcrafted - All Rights Reserved. - Handgezeichnete Sommerbordüre im Stil von Rosen in drei verschiedenen Rosa-Rot-Tönen mit einer Schnecke und einer Biene. - Hand-drawn Summer border reminicscent of roses in three different shades of pink and red with a snail and a bee.

Still, all this abundance also means an abundance of inspiration. Like Frederick the mouse I am collecting colours, smells, tastes, sounds and light. As the past two years have been marked by lockdown and limitation, perhaps I am collecting above mentioned impressions even more intensely.

Limitation can also help us to focus on the essence of things. Even if I cannot go out much to visit those blooming roses, I remember their essence and can connect with it. How else could I remember how to draw them?

We can find inspiration and ideas on the outside, but ultimately, we are drawing inspiration from within – because the way we perceive the outside world is determined by how we encounter it on the inside and by how much we connect to it through our own essence.

Perhaps this is how we give meaning to things, by connecting with them through our essence. If we connect through our own essence we will connect to the essence of whom or what we are connecting with, and this is bringing us to what is essential – which is meaning.

I guess, In the end, it is all a matter of balance, like I described in my Zen Musings about Ying And Yang.

Walderdbeeren C © Stefanie Neumann - #KBFHandcrafted - All Rights Reserved. - Handgezeichnete Sommerornamente im Stil von Walderdbeeren mit drei weißen Blüten, zwei roten Früchten, einem grüben Blatt und einer Biene. - Hand-drawn Summer ornaments reminicscent of wild strawberries with three white blossoms, two red fruits, one green leaf and a bee.
Ackerblumen Bordüre L © Stefanie Neumann - #KBFHandcrafted - All Rights Reserved. - Handgezeichnete Sommerbordüre im Stil von blauen Kornblumen und rotem Klatschmohn mit einem Marienkäfer und einem Schmetterling. - Hand-drawn Summer border reminicscent of blue cornflowers and red poppie with a ladybird and a butterfly.

With This In Mind:

I hope you had

A Happy Summer Solstice!

Gräser C © Stefanie Neumann - #KBFHandcrafted - All Rights Reserved. - Handgezeichnete Sommerornamente im Stil von grünen Gräsern mit einer Schnecke und einem Marienkäfer. - Hand-drawn Summer ornaments reminicscent of green grasses with a snail and a ladybird.
Lavendel Bordüre R © Stefanie Neumann - #KBFHandcrafted - All Rights Reserved. - Handgezeichnete Sommerbordüre im Stil von lila Lavendel mit einem Marienkäfer und einem Schmetterling. - Hand-drawn Summer border reminicscent of lilac lavendar with a ladybird and a butterfly.
When have you last touched base with your own essence?
How do you find meaning in life?
How are you experiencing this time of the year?

Are you ready to shine a bright light of awareness on the path of beingness, today?

Much Love,
Steffi
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