the generous spirit of a fading bouquet.

This bouquet from a friend was so lovely when she dropped it off ten days ago or so.  I have to admit something that perhaps won’t surprise you.  I actually enjoy flowers even more when they start to turn a tiny bit brown, curl on the edges and drop a few pedals.

I know many of you won’t understand this, that’s OK.  I promise I won’t send you a decaying bouquet.  Although one time, while a student at the University of Wyoming a boyfriend in South Dakota sent me a red rose in the mail.  It was almost black, shriveled and curled when it arrived. I still found it oddly beautiful.

When I no longer have to trim the stems of a bouquet, check the water or pinch the drooping leaves, I feel some odd sense of relief.  The flowers, no longer expected to be perfect, are free to naturally fade and droop. And I get to enjoy the inevitable state of fading beauty, often leaving the pedals wherever they fall.    

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beautiful obstacles

beautiful:  exciting aesthetic pleasure

obstacle:  something that impedes progress or achievement

I’m beginning to understand that life’s obstacles are an invitation, not an interruption.

 

dreaming of spaciousness…

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Above is my original painting.  It was in a show at a restaurant that used to be downtown Burlington, Smokejacks.  The light was low so I designed this series to show up in the soft light.  This piece also was also in a show at the Herrick Elevator in South Dakota.

I thought I could stretch the life of this painting by playing with it and layering the moon.  The farmhouse and flora in these images are photographs I shot around Burke, South Dakota.  I guess as the snow falls in Vermont I’m dreaming of a quiet and spacious rural landscape.

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sometimes are everydays are more interesting than we think

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I walked everywhere today and I love being so much more flexible on foot to explore than when I am driving.  NOT BIG NEWS I realize, but today what could’ve been a pretty ordinary day, running errands, meeting a friend for coffee, going to a meeting, dropping things off etc—turned into a pretty interesting visual experience.  It’s out there everywhere, we just have to be paying attention I guess.

1. Brick on Maple Street in the sun in Burlington, Vermont.

2. A cool sticker on a sign in front of Art’s Riot, SEABA (south end arts and business association) and Speeder and Earl’s coffee shop on Pine Street.

3. An abstract painting by artist Steve Sharon at Maglianero cafe. I bought this painting yesterday while Steve was hanging the show.  I stopped in to get a honey ginger latte (crazy good) with my daughter and was very drawn to the piece.  It has “pasture” in the title and it instantly connected me to my roots in South Dakota.  Go get a latte and check out Steve’s show. Cool work.  Nice guy.  http://thekarmabirdhouse.com/the-amenities/maglianero-cafe

4. A sculpture in front of The Space Gallery and Conant Metal and Light.
There wasn’t a sign about whose work this cat is.  If someone knows please let me know and post a comment so the work is properly attributed.

5. I just thought this flora was cool.  Bold.  Interesting.  This unknown flora is large tufts in groups. If anyone knows what it is please post a comment.  It’s tragic to be called, “unknown flora”.

Dreaming of flowers

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Yesterday: Thought I had the flu.

Today: I am grateful because I think it is just a cold. Now, with a new lease on life I am dreaming of flowers. I am going to snip some branches of apples, magnolias and forsythia and in roughly two weeks I will have blossoms. We all need things to look forward to and when the days start lengthening it seems like the perfect time to force some flowers.

This is a sketch of some unknown flora…so friendly looking, don’t you think?