Wednesday, March 20, 2013

"Sunkissed" watercolor featured in book about joy

Just received notice that the book by Mary O'Connor "Life is Full of Sweet Spots" featuring my watercolor "Sunkissed" is now available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon. My sunflower is used to illustrate a story about a woman who used flowers to get through rough times. 

Barbara Parsons dealt in her life with incarceration and what others might consider to be overwhelming obstacles of life. But for Barbara, it was her connection with nature and the simple act and beauty of gardening that helped her find what she needed to move through the rough patches of life. 
American botanist Luther Burbank once said that “Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul. Barbara tells us that the sunflower is her favorite flower. “They are so happy.” 
Happiness, she sometimes feels, may be an illusion. But working amidst their “happy faces” fringed with sun rays helps bring her the restorative peace that she craves.

Sunflowers, as it turns out, are one of Barbara’s favorite flowers.
It’s the little brown face, surrounded with sun rays—it just seems to be a happy face. They stand so tall and aggressive. There’s something about them that makes you happy.

Monday, March 4, 2013

"Bougainvillea Glow" watercolor class demo

Watercolor, 10" x 9"  Demo from last Saturday's class at Venus Studios Art Center.