Monday, April 01, 2013

A Day in the Life of a Tulip

Aah spring.  The weather has been warm, the sun is shining, the snow has all melted.  The huge piles of ice and gravel by the side of the roads and in the parking lots have diminished measurably.  It's enough to make you believe in spring again.
I took a bouquet of spring flowers to my family dinner at Easter.  The buds were tightly closed, but we put it in water and a vase. There in a room filled with warmth and love and laughter, the buds opened up and filled the room with color and fragrance.  I think that's an apt metaphor for families.  My workplace is facing massive budget cuts and layoffs and it's all been very tense  and worrisome.  But at Easter, in that room filled with warmth and love and laughter, I could feel my soul, so tightly closed against loss and worry, opening up again.  I could feel myself becoming myself again.  Yes, that's what's important, and that's what will see me through the tough times.
I used a lot of water on this page and it wrinkled and crinkled - hence the wonky photo.
Watercolor and Inktense pencils in HandBook sketchbook.

10 comments:

Nola said...

Beautiful writing and painting, they compliment each other so well!

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Alex said...

that's a nice time-lapse drawing :D I love it! And I love tulips :)

Netty said...

Loving your tulips. Happy PPF, Annette x

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EVA said...

Can't wait till the ones in my garden come out. yours are lovely!

Plumrose Lane said...

Oh this is lovely and sooo perfect for this week's challenge! We've just hit our first 50 degree days here, oh happy springtime, whoot!
♥Sharon

janabouc said...

That's amazing how much they can change in one day. I love your colorful, whimsical drawings.

Faye said...

Love tulips and your painting of them is so pretty.

Giggles said...

Beautiful paintings, and love the cozy metaphor! Ours were the same! Got them at costco...lasted longer than ever before too!!

Hugs Giggles

Annabelle said...

Lovely painting and beautiful metaphor.
Painting is a wonderful medicine for clearing one's mind of troubles for a moment or so.
Hope everything goes well for you.