"Wendy Was A Wildflower" - mixed media on cradleboard, 6" x 6"
There is a kind of retro, kitschy saying that goes something like 'Bloom Where You Are Planted'. It has been bouncing around my brain this week as I walk our new neighborhood and experience first hand the blooming tropical foliage of south Florida, complete with hedges that seem to grow into monsters overnight after a heavy rain! The saying is meant to apply to people, of course, and so I am earnestly focused on blooming here where I've been planted.
Relocating is many things, but to me, most of all, it is a great adventure. And with any great adventure comes the opportunity to reinvent oneself - to focus in on aspects you most treasure and to leave behind the things you aren't content with. A new beginning...like a new batch of clay waiting to be molded into something extra spectacular. Any act of creation is a work in process. There is trial and error, an "aha" and an "oh no!" on occasion. The important thing is to keep sculpting your one wild and amazing life. Keep the clay supple and moist, keep working it until it becomes something you love.
Wildflowers bloom where they are planted. Without apology, with vibrant hues in clusters, carpets and clumps. This week I am channeling my inner wildflower. This piece appeared out of my new studio, the first to emerge! A wildflower of a girl, vibrant and strong. Sculpted of paint and tissue and sun-bleached and shredded tea bags, she reminds us all to bloom wherever we are, as bold as we can be.
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