Of Harvest Mice & Oregon Wheat Fields

Mice with wheat drawing for linocut print

This past weekend I drove through a beautiful rural area south of Portland. My drive took me past hundred-acre farms alternating between wheat fields, nut orchards and vineyards. All of the wheat fields had been just mowed, awaiting baling, and I thought of these little harvest mice I’d left partially drawn in my studio.

Can you feel the shift in the air? It's the season of Lammas, or Lughnasadh, celebrating the first harvests of the season. Typically wheat, grapes, and apples. These hottest days of summer are the days when we must both discern what's ready to harvest, and to be ready to put in the long hours of work to bring the harvest in and prepare it for the long winter.

My own food garden is small this year. In the early spring I knew I'd need to reduce my work load at harvest time so that I might have a more productive year in the studio. We reap what we sow, and in this moment I'm hard at work trying to harvest the seeds I planted in the spring ~ designs and new products that will be ready soon.

I think this little post demonstrates really well why my press name is Tiger Food. It's about nourishment through discovering what feeds your soul!

What are you harvesting this season?

Mice linocut carved and ready to print