“Summer Greens”, oil, 6 x 6”, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

“Summer Greens”, oil, 6 x 6”, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

We’re deep in the midst of summer greens here in the Lowcountry!

I haven’t been able to paint outside for a month, the longest I’ve gone without it for ages.

But I headed out to paint this week with friends.

It was a gorgeous morning after almost a week of constant rain! (Note: the heavens opened up again almost as soon as I got into the car to leave.)

I definitely felt more myself being back outside working! I’m fascinated by all the scientific data out showing the impact being outside has on our health. Great article here from the Business Insider, of all places. I was really struck by this sentence: “Among office workers, even a view of nature out a window is associated with lower stress and higher job satisfaction.”

“Summer Greens” on the easel

“Summer Greens” on the easel

Certainly all of the greens in the park we were in gave us a chance to forest bathe. Have I convinced you to spend some time outside?

“Summer Greens” is part of the GREENS COLLECTION that will be released July 10th.