My new favorite!! And greatly inspired by my studio assistant.
Everyday when working in the studio, Henry lets me know when it is time for his walk....
(My studio keeps getting smaller!! What is up with that???)
Our favorite neighborhood corner to stop and sniff and take in the beauty...
an abundance of zinnias... with their oranges and pinks and touches of yellow make our day.
This abundance of blooms inspired the flower patterned ribbon I used for August's linocut.
But when it came time to capture the colors of the zinnias, the floral ribbon just wasn't vibrant enough.
So I returned one of my favorite hand-dyed silk ribbons I used in the 2007 painting "Flame."
"Flame" is a rare painting for me because the wrapping paper is something other than white.
While "Flame" was inspired by the extreme heat of a 2007 visit to my mom's in Alabama, 2011's orange needed touches of the exaggerated pinks and purples of the zinnias.
I don't know my neighbor who tends this corner that brightens my day, I wish I did so I could thank them. Sometimes I question why I paint and wonder if there isn't something more important I could do. August reminds me something as simple as planting a seed is sometimes enough.
But that is for another day, for now someone's ready for his walk :)