Hello my friends,
Flowers have a way of rejuvenating my spirit even on the darkest day. When I first moved to Connecticut I mourned not only my family and friends but my happy little garden. I had just moved into my husband Brett’s home there was not one tree or flower on the ENTIRE property! Seriously! One of the first things we did was make a small flower bed in the back yard and plant a weeping cherry tree in the front. I had one in my New Hampshire cottage and loved looking forward to it flowering in early spring. Every year we add something new to our garden and I love it more and more every day (well, everything except the weeds!). I am amazed by how much our garden has grown. Like most things transformation comes with having a vision, diligence, time and effort.
I now have an abundance of flowers which I treasure and share. I find myself creatively inspired by the colors and textures as well as the many bees, birds and butterflies that help sustain it. I have a passion for creating little flower posies out of whatever is growing in my garden. It took me a little while to realize that creating them is a contemplative practice for me, like meditation, painting and writing. They are a part of my creative process and greatly influence my artwork.
“The further you distance yourself from your expectations, the more exhilarating your life will become.”
These two paintings were inspired by the zinnias in my garden. I love how daring and unabashedly bold their color is. You will notice that one painting is more abstract than the other. I think it’s important to slow down and look closely at things but also allow time for creative play. These two paintings offer a little of both. Lately in the studio I have been exploring abstraction in more depth. I will share more with you as the work unfolds. Sometimes it is important to allow time for freedom and play in the work without expectation. I am in this blissful, tender place right now, mindful of the mystery of creation.
Sending cheery smiles
& love your way…