Well, look at that. It’s Monday. Again! The pages of the imaginary calendar are whooshing off the wall like a black and white movie. My marker that life is moving along shows up daily living in southern Oregon, an area that has such distinct four seasons, I think a cherry blossom pops March 21st on cue. And of course there’s the buckets of rain, sleet, blue skies, warm days, green hills, rainbows and occasional hail storm. All in a day.
The other lovely part about spring and daylight savings is that it creates an invisible shift of inspiration in me. Flowers and pastel palettes call. Patterns and leafy branches are on my mind. I have long loved Chinoisserie patterns, have often incorporated snippets of it in paintings, but there was something about covering a big surface that felt right this weekend. I got out the biggest canvas I had and this emerged several hours later. It was one of those dreamy type of paintings, a Sunday afternoon with no schedule, no deadline, just playing and having fun. I needed a day like that. I finished and felt energized and can’t wait to do more! Moral of the art story? Hmmm. Play dates for big kids are critical? Yes, that’s it. And to always go back to imagery and subject matter that makes your heart sing. Flora and fauna and natural history images were a huge part of my early career in the gift and stationery industry and as new as this style of painting is for me, it felt like going home.
I’ll be over at my easel painting foliage and blossoms and maybe even a peacock and bird cage dangling off a branch.
See you there! xo
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