Posts Tagged ‘petals’

Sam and His Rose

Friday, August 7th, 2009

sam-roseSam was “helping” me clean up my work space at home, and I gave him one of my miniature roses (no thorns)  from the vase on the table.

He seemed to sense how much I liked the rose and how special it was to me.  He very delicately tasted it, leaving only one hole in one petal.  Then he handled it carefully and hovered around it as if it was very special.

Then he asked me for a head rub.

I like this photo!

Beauty Everywhere

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

There are days when it’s hard to see beauty, especially when a media account talks of yet another extinction, another environmental disaster, or some similar depressing bit of news. Nevertheless, nature is still present – thank goodness! – still showing herself in so many ways.

I’ve discovered that the more I paint, the more I see. It’s as if the process of trying to capture three dimensions onto paper, forces my senses to become more aware of textures, fractal-like patterns, shapes, how different parts fit together to become a whole. Just looking at how sunshine through a leaf or flower petal reveals the intricacies of veins and patterns in such delicate tissue can be an amazing experience of discovery.

When I try to convey a tiny fraction of this complexity through my art, I begin to dimly understand what an immense creative force is behind everything in the natural world. It quite amazes and humbles me.

I can really get excited about the smallest things.

I paint using primarily Winsor Newton watercolors with a few Daniel Smith and Holbein colors added for interest and variety. Although I have wanted to use oils, I cannot – even the water-soluble variety – as I’m too chemically sensitive to the additives and chemicals in oils and acrylics. Fortunately, I happen to love watercolor for many reasons.

Meantime, I hope you see some lovely gifts of nature wherever you are today.