In a few weeks my adult class, Joy of Acrylics: Inspired by Nature, starts and this painting is one of a series I am working on at the moment as I muse about the upcoming class. “Geraniums on a Ledge” is one of a series of small works under the working title of Close to Home. The idea is to take a closer look at where I live through my art.
Philosophically my inspiration for this series comes from two sources. One is a quote by Rabindranath Tagore: “Too long I’ve wandered from place to place, seen mountains and seas at vast expense. Why haven’t I stepped two yards from my house, opened my eyes and gazed very close at a drop of dew on a stalk of rice?”
The second is a bible passage, Matthew 6:25-34, where Christ points to the lilies of the fields and their splendor and God’s great creativity in creating such beauty. Having recently returned from a Glen East workshop put on by Image from Seattle I’ve been thinking about beauty and relationship and how these two go together. The closer I get to knowing the plants in my yard, the people on my street; the more time I take to engage the world around me, the more beautiful things become. Slowing down, taking time and forming a relationship with the world close at hand, seems to be the common thread in my Close to Home series.