Large Scale Abstract Floral Landscapes
Blooming Essence Regenerated in Mixed Media Paintings
As a young artist, I painted large scale abstract floral landscapes What most people don’t know about me is that I created multiple panel murals ~ large scale pastels, 40 x 60 inches side by side. Installed in banks, hospitals, resorts, corporations, universities and private residences, they won me recognition early in my career. I stopped painting them the summer I turned thirty.
I’ve been working on my book ~ my healing story, why I stopped and how I found my creative voice again. In four weeks I leave for Tuscany. The book has to be finished before I pack. My editor returned the manuscript Friday. “Not much left,” she said. “You’ll be able to finish. You just need a few more details and an ending.”
This morning I wrote the details of my first hours in France. That’s when I began to feel it . . .
The urge to paint was overwhelming.
A watercolor postcard I painted two years ago beckoned me loud and clear.
Hollyhock Series Came to Life in my Studio This Afternoon
FRANCE July 28, 2013 ~ Two years ago today
Surrounded by blooming hollyhocks the garden at Mas d’Ariveux felt like a dream. A hideaway where a soul could forget ~ or remember herself ~ in a heart beat,
I stuck my toe in the pool.
Cool and inviting, I let myself down into the water. I swam to the deep end and floated on my back.
Clouds drenched in evening sunlight drifted in slow motion on a light Cerulian canvas. Tall hollyhocks swayed to and fro, puppet silouettes. I rested, letting Tarascon permeate my thoughts.
How in the world did I get here? It’s a wonder.
excerpt from Finding Joy’s Garden
When I finished writing, the copy spilled onto the next page. I moved the two watercolor postcards to a double spread of their own. That’s when I saw it ~ a large scale painting of the hollyhocks.
The postcard was buried in a drawer of scraps. When I found it last week, I set it aside thinking I might put it on my nightstand. It was still in the heap of papers on my work table.
I really didn’t have time to paint. I needed to finish writing. The next thing I knew, I had cleared the cluttered table and discovered five jars of matching paint I bought at Lowe’s last week ~ exact ly the colors of the watercolor hollyhock sketch from two years ago.
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