"Whoop-De-Doo" - mixed media on paper, 12" x 9"
It is sleeting outside. Freezing rain and ice warnings. Brrrrrrrr cold. But inside my studio, it is spring time! Flowers are everywhere...watercolored botanicals in pinks, oranges, purples, yellows and blues. All waiting for a little ink and a few words to bring them to life.
It began innocently enough. A few samples in preparation for a class I'm teaching ("Tangled Botanicals") and a couple of half-completed samples to show the process. Then Ciel Gallery hosted a demo day, and of course I thought it would be fun to make a few more flowers with patrons. Which turned into a table full of people for the afternoon. And over 25 botanicals made by people who didn't know they were artists...can you see the seeds spreading and the garden growing?
On Wednesday evening, I will participate in "Art & Aperitif" (Doodles and Drinks, as I prefer to call it!) at Le Meridien. So, since the forecast is a high in the 30's and a low of (GASP) 7 degrees that day, what better thing to do than...you guessed it, make MORE flowers for people stuck in a swanky bar enjoying a cocktail to flex their artistic muscle and plant some seeds and expand the garden.
But this all began with a class...a class I will teach on Saturday, where a dozen fearless creatives will gather to begin painting a garden of their own, with the hopes of spreading artistic seeds and bringing a little spring into their lives. Isn't this how seed bombs are made? A handful at a time, tossed about randomly, with flowers sprouting in the most unexpected of places.
It just goes to show you, gardening can happen in the most unlikely of circumstances. Happy planting!
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Jen Walls and her imaJENation