Summer Afternoon

Summer Afternoon


“Summer Afternoon” is an original oil painting by Carol Marquardt, resident of the Evergreen State, Washington. Carol is a Quadriplegic from a gun shot accident at age 13. Carol paints with a brush held in her mouth and enjoys spending time with her family, painting and reading.
“Summer Afternoon” is an original oil painting by Carol Marquardt, resident of the Evergreen State, Washington. Carol is a Quadriplegic from a gun shot accident at age 13. Carol paints with a brush held in her mouth and enjoys spending time with her family, painting and reading. This greeting card was reproduced from an original artwork by Carol Marquardt for THASC Sales Co. which has employed a unique group of handicapped artists who create art to help rehabilitate themselves. They gain self-respect and pride through their artwork.

20150901_161645Although most of us “four-season people” try hard to avoid the inevitable of summer coming to an end, there are some signs that finally bring us to the realization that summer is really fading and fall is near. THASC artist Carol Marquardt hints at some of those things that we dread to admit are starting to happen, but at the same time, tells us there is still more time to enjoy it. The trees are starting to shed their leaves and some branches look more like twigs now, as Carol shows in her painting. I must say my yellow dried-up lawn, which has suffered from an especially hot summer, has begun to look more like a hay field as well.

Rose of Sharon trees
Rose of Sharon trees

Her sole basket of flowers reminds me of how I wait until late summer to see my delicate roses of Sharon. They are the last flowers to bloom but are still accompanied by a very green pine tree in the back yard and some greener holly bushes in the front yard. The summer beach days are not ready to give in to Fall just yet. In fact my favorite time to visit and walk the beach is in late afternoon, when most of the crowds have dwindled and only the serious beachgoers are still lingering in the sunset on their lounges or throwing the last crumbs of their lunches to the patient seagulls.

Sand Hill Cove Beach at sunset

Carol’s gray watering can has not lost it’s purpose yet and looks lovely sitting on the patio (with the matching gray grout) where it is ready to revive the nearby flowers, even though at this point, hope is lost for the dried grass. Carol’s painting of “Summer Afternoon” reminds me that there is still time to warm my skin in the sun, still time to water and enjoy the last summer roses of Sharon, and still time to walk the coastal beaches at sunset.

Although I dislike admitting it, I actually DO get a bit anxious for the arrival of Fall’s Fashion Show, but until that time, Carol’s painting keeps me in my favorite season, summer, with her wonderful THASC greeting card. I hope you all have a delightful end to summer and enjoy these last days. Wishing you a pleasant Labor Day weekend. See you next Tuesday.



THASC is a unique small American business producing cards and other promotional products.

9 thoughts on “Summer Afternoon

  1. dana burdick September 3, 2015 / 8:15 am


    It’s sad to see summer coming to an end. Sara,loved summer and the beach,just like,l do,we both can spent hours at a time, just laying on the beach,taking a walk,or just picking shells. My grass, to ls now turning yellow in color,and some trees have know leaves on them all ready, and some of my flowers are starting to die,all ready. That means falls on the way,so we better enjoy these last few summer days,while they last. Fall, will be hear before you know lt. Sarah,also loved the fall,she loved all the falling leaves,and the different colored ones,just like l do. We had a lot ln common. It’s amasing how carol can paint with her mouth, that’s why her art work,ls so inspiring. Keep up the great work Carol. And never give up hope,keep fighting,lifes a challenge,and always a struggle,but you have to be strong,fight to the end. Everyone at THASC, enjoy the last days of summer,and when fall arrives have a healthy fall,and winter. Maria,enjoy the rest of summer,and also wnjoy the start of fall. And keep writing such beautiful stories,to keep us inspired.


    • tesoromio315 September 3, 2015 / 11:08 am

      Dear Dana.
      I am always inspired by your comments and by the incredible artists at THASC. I knew Sara loved summer but her favorite season was Fall and Fall’s Fashion Show. I also love Fall and am looking forward to passing on many blogs about it. Thanks again.

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  2. joe September 3, 2015 / 12:50 pm

    nice post maria, keep on doing what you’re doing so well. it takes time to craft a piece that says so much in such a small space and make it sound effortless and conversational. “Adelaide has changed, like the sun in September, you know it’s there but it doesn’t warm you anymore”


    • Maria Libera Vallone September 3, 2015 / 1:40 pm

      Thanks so much for your comment, Joe. Beautiful quote…..Kind of melancholy here on Poppy around this time.
      That was a big pick me up. Thought of you while writing this blog.


  3. connie mellors September 3, 2015 / 3:32 pm

    I love reading your blog entries…no matter the subject, your writing is expressive and thoughtful.
    I always feel refreshed after reading what you’ve written. xx


  4. Gini Carroll September 4, 2015 / 4:45 pm

    Your Summer words are so meaningful. Especially to us true-hearted New Englanders who dearly embrace all the seasons of the year; we know how each season makes a revolution in our life.
    Carol’s painting shows not only a lovely view of nature, but the sense she is a surivior of any season.


  5. Chad September 7, 2015 / 3:34 pm


    This is a fine painting by an amazing artist, an insightful commentary, and gorgeous photographs. Summer may be ending, but its memory is captured here. Come February, looking back on this blog post will revive our spirits and provide hope for the next go-round of warmer weather. Summer, even near its end, reminds us that winter, too, will finally succumb to the next turn of season.


  6. Angelo September 8, 2015 / 3:28 am

    Bello e cionvolgente!


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