Painting with Leaf & Flower

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I’ve been thinking about Carol lately. Wondering if she is out in her butterfly garden getting it ready for spring and a new season of winged visitors. I imagine her deciding to move a plant or two, adding in a few more of this or that, trying something different to attract her favorite species of butterflies. I’ve often thought that master gardeners are artists who instead of pen and paint, create with leaf and flower.

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I am now certain of this as I had the opportunity to create a painting of her garden for her earlier this year. I had the privilege of visiting Carol and her masterful garden in the fall of 2015. The butterfly garden was at its peak, just on the verge of diminishing for the cold season ahead. Cockscomb, zinnia, cleome and numerous other flowering plants rioted the front face of Carol’s home. She probably has a difficult time getting her guests to come indoors as they would surely want to amble around seeing all the gorgeous blooming. How could I paint such beauty?

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I honestly wasn’t sure I was equal to the task. This is a case where the beauty of what one is to capture on canvas seems to overshadow one’s ability to harness it in paint. I took a deep breath, said a little prayer, and dove in.

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She was happy with the results. I could not have been more pleased that she welcomed these paintings into her home with such joy and generosity. And I am tickled with the results as well. Especially that I had a chance to get to know such a wonderful  artist/gardener who lives in my town.

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***These paintings were created as a triptych. The center painting is 24″ x 24″. The side paintings are 18″ x 24″. (This final image is cropped from the right-hand painting.) Acrylic on canvas.

New Works!

Introducing….a new series of artwork!

Over the Rainbow

A Landscape Series

by Jennifer Edwards

Now available at Southwinds Gallery

132 West Mountain Street

Kernersville, NC 27284

336-993-0818

Angela Jarman, Gallery Owner

Inside each of us are places we long to be. They are very real locations and yet they do not exist in the real world. These “landscapes” beckon us to walk there, sit and muse, rest and dream. We’ve had hints of these places whispered to us in nature, on our travels, in our back yards. They do exist somewhere…perhaps over the rainbow. We need a physical reminder that this place is waiting for us…to come home to.

These imagined landscapes are inspired by my daily walks, hikes in the woods, and my childhood in the mountains of NC. Though every sky is not blue, they are skies filled with the colors of the rainbow, reflections of an exquisite beauty for which we were made. They are all places to which I go for peace, joy, healing and inspiration. May they do the same for you.

-Jennifer Edwards

**Works pictured here are either 8″ x 8″ or 10″ x 10″ Acrylics on canvas.

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The Thing About Knitting…

The difficult thing about knitting is that  i  t       i    s        s  o       s     l       o       w   .  Much like the Slow Food Movement, knitting or crocheting anything is truly the opposite of our instant gratification world.  Perhaps we need to have a Slow Clothes Movement, or Slow Gift Movement. Making anything is WAY slower than buying it, and if you have to make it stitch by stitch, then the going is even slower.  Sometimes this irritates me.  I get an idea and I want to be able to sit down and crank it out!  Nope.  Not  w  h   e    n     y   o    u      k       n        i         t    !

And yet…the awesome thing about knitting is that  i  t       i    s        s  o       s     l       o       w   .  Like drawing, I can almost feel my heartbeat slow down as I knit.  Click, click, c l i  c   k,  c  l   i     c      k… on and on, even if its only for a few rows.  I like the repetitive nature of it, especially when I’m not using a pattern with extensive instructions.  I’m still working on Brown Sweater.  Actually, I have all the knitting and assembly done.  Now I’m working on the embellishments.  Maybe by Christmas I’ll finish it.  Maybe.  Life has definitely ramped up a bit here in November and I know December won’t be any slower.

Unless I knit!  Do you think that between knitting and drawing, I could actually slow t  i   m   e      d    o     w      n   .    .    .    ?

I do wish it worked that way! 😉