Sunday, June 19, 2011

A Fresh Start

It's been  long, cold, sunless winter and its left me feeling discouraged and disheartened. It seemed that everything I attempted went wrong - colors smeared under a second layer of glaze, paper buckled unattractively and left ugly blotches, my wireless network was under relentless attack and so on.  I started many things and abandoned them.
One day on a routine mission to empty the garbage, I stood in a rare and unusual bit of sunshine (Ouch, what's that bright light?), and noticed the tulips blooming in the front.  I mean, I really noticed them.  I saw the voluptuous brashness of the yellow tulip, the graceful curves of the red one, the slender pointed petals of the purple ones, the tall straight stems, and the graceful leaves.  And I heard again that quiet, still voice that said "I could draw that".  And so I did, and determined to make a fresh start against the discouragement.  Start with what I've always loved to draw - flowers, birds, nature. Maybe with that simple start, my soul can stand as straight and bloom as bright.

13 comments:

Beach Cat ! said...

I have heard that quiet voice as well ... and it becomes more insistent if you listen once. So I shall expect many more posts from you with many more tulips, sunflowers, fall leaves and winter icicles.

marancat said...

Nice to see you posting again. Isn't it great how something always comes along, sooner or later, to get us sketching again!

jill said...

I kept ignoring the voice until today then some flowers also spoke to me. These tulips are great and certainly very fresh, good luck with the fresh start

Alex said...

Simply lovely! Happy to see your art again

Sandra said...

Ahhh, the time was right! Glad that the tulips cheered you.

Ann said...

I love this post and your drawing. Tulips are one of my very favorite flowers, sturdy, colorful, and resilient. I'm glad to see your art again!

kazumiwannabe said...

I understand the feeling - and I love your drawing. Fresh and lovely, a happy and calming drawing. Hope you go on with drawing what you love!

nanke's stuff said...

Welcome back! Your tulips are bright and happy - the perfect metaphor for healing and optimism! nancy

Julie Jordan Scott said...

Your final line says so much... and I love your drawing. Perfection...

SO grateful I found you via Creative Every Day today!

Shirley said...

So glad to see that you found the joy in drawing again!

Cheryl (Grandma Coco) said...

Very cheerful tulips!

Roshanda said...

A beautiful painting to go along with a beautiful story!!!

canvas artwork said...

your art is lovely