On my first day in France, I went in search of lavender fields to paint. Little did I know how much lavender would influence my art over the next five years.
The Magic of Lavender
The full story is in my book, Joy’s Garden Embrace the Mountain. Color has always been a major inspiration to my painting, though recently lavender is taking a leading role.
Not to spoil the story in the book, lavender played a large role on my pastel palette years ago when I first began painting in the late 70s. Working my way around the spectrum, over time my interests ebbed and flowed according to my emotional whims.
I have always believed it to be my role as an artist to paint how something “feels,” rather than how it “looks.” When I begin a painting, I do not usually have an image of how it will look at the start. Instead, it is a feeling that tells me I must paint to satisfy something deep inside.
The urge to paint brings me back to the first day in France ~ when I felt I simply must paint this … The painting finally complete, Lavande Magic, has lived up to its name. Perhaps you can see how Joy’s Garden (top of the page), is part of the landscape from Lavande Magic ~ up into the foreground?
Of course, there’s lots of symbolism in these images. For starters, what was off in the distance five years ago ~ is now front and center. And all those swirling lavender fields? Those are the swirls of creative energy moving about. Can you see how they are all moving in unison? No static.
And there’s a picture story about the villa in the painting. It’s in the book too.
Joy’s Garden Embrace the Mountain
I hope you will see something of yourself in the story of Joy’s Garden. I hope you will feel the colors too, as you see the paintings and read the stories of how they are connected to dreams and the everyday stuff of life. I am thrilled to announce that Joy’s Garden Embrace the Mountain is out in print! You can order a copy, along with the CreativSOUP Journal.
And I invite you to see the paintings from the book in the Joy’s Garden Gallery.