Tomorrow sees me check something off my dream list – I am actually having a small exhibition and sale of prints of my original watercolor illustrations! You, my readers inspired me when so many asked if i would consider doing prints of my watercolors.
So, it seems appropriate to reflect on the artistic journey that got me to this point, and the message that you never really know where things might lead. As most of you regulars are aware, my love of flowers and gardening started as a child, continued into my adult life, was sidelined by the fashion world for a time, but re-emerged as the motivation for my enlightening apprenticeship in a Parisian flower shop. This of course inspired my book A Passion for Flowers, and nearly everything that’s gone on since. Twenty years later my devotion to flowers continued, and the question arose, where to next?
My wise Mom frequently commented that I never actually stop to smell these roses that so inspire me, and with that I took up painting watercolors. In At Home in the Garden, I attempted to follow the journey of selecting, planting, growing, picking, and finally (after taking a couple of watercolor classes) trying to paint some of the beauty of Mother Nature. As I have mentioned in a previous post, I have always admired the true botanical artists but discovered in the learning process that as an art form, it is also a scientific approach, and that was not where my heart was. I wanted to use my flowers as the inspiration but I wanted to show them in vivid color; make my butterflies and insects big and out of scale to play with my painting! Many, many (sometimes very frustrating) hours later, it turns out that I now use painting as a form of meditation and, like my flowers, can’t ever imagine my life without it – I think proof that you can, indeed, teach an old dog new tricks!
If you happen to be in the Manhattan area, I’d love to see you at Mecox, it would mean a lot to see the friendly faces of some of my readers – as this is a rather nervous moment for me,
PS Maybe in the new year I shall have them for sale online – if I do, you will be the first to know.