|plant in a cup • gouache Nov. 2013|
|pattern plant • 2013|
Can you believe it? It’s already December! I am glad. This was a crazy Fall for me, so busy.
One thing about this season is the amount of Darkness! It gets dark by 4:30 pm. And this year it feels so black to me. I know my body wants me to hibernate. My mind however has been introspective. And the art I’ve been making has all been small still-lifes.
When I visit my Mom, who is now 80, I search her vast collection of plants. My Mom, bless her, loves plants, she even puts the leaves that knock off and roots them in a small cup of water. Nothing goes in the garbage. She celebrates all life. She is very special. So when I visit I look around and find a plant to draw and paint.
I just want something small and simple to paint. I guess my attention is as limited as the daylight.
So these little drawing/paintings fill up my sketchbook. I use gouache and pen/marker on h2o paper.
As Thanksgiving passed I think I felt disappointment at how commercial and materialistic the holiday has become. I just can’t agree that stores open on Thanksgiving is a good thing.
What has happened to the quiet peaceful holiday where we reflect on our gratitude with our loved ones?
It seems that Christmas was always a commercial holiday, but now it encroached into Thanksgiving.
Anyhoo you won’t find me shopping on that day.
I am grateful that I understand all this.
© Heidi Younger
|round leaf plant • gouache and brown pen • 2013|
|spiky ones • gouache and pen • 2013|