Yesterday’s Garden

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I’m told that my great-grandmother loved to garden until she was well into her 90s. I saw a newspaper clipping about her, which had a photo of her kneeling in her flowerbed to tug weeds.

My love of gardening must have come from her. When I’m yanking weeds or admiring new sprigs of growth, it feels right. When I’m bored or anxious, I head out to the garden. Nothing revives me quite as much as sitting on my patio swing first thing every morning to watch the day unfold. Birds show up. The breeze starts rustling the sweetgum and a nearby hydrangea. It’s all so…well, fresh. I like to freshen my art, too, by stepping away from photography at times and working with my Wacom tablet, art stylus, and Photoshop. Sometimes I alter a photo and turn it into a digital painting or collage. The image I’m sharing today is a bit different, though, because it didn’t start with a photo.

This vintage botanical collage print was created with many layers–handwriting, images, and texture. It reminds me of the type of flower that would have made my great-grandmother smile. It also makes me wonder what she thought about when she knelt in her garden.

Prints are available. Click image for info...

Prints are available. Click image for info…

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Conversations

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Do you ever look back through the years and remember special conversations? I do. I have learned so much by sitting still and listening to people’s stories. It’s interesting what will come out in the course of a simple conversation that often starts off with one subject and meanders to another.

I’ve learned patience from a 93-year-old who lost her husband from WWI-related nerve gas that eventually took his life.  I’ve gained a better understanding of true love by listening to the struggles of a woman recently diagnosed with cancer. And I’ve understood  how important it is to accept someone else’s opinion even if  it differs from mine.

Conversations are like bridges. They take us across muddy waters, deep gulleys, and canyons we may never view again. When’s the last time you  had a really meaningful conversation?

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