Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Spring Break

Yesterday I took a much needed break from designing for a show coming up in April and decided to take an artistic adventure. The chorus of Robins, Bluebirds, Sparrows and Cedar Waxwings visiting my garden have been singing spring's praises and enchantings to me for several days now.

So, I took camera in hand and took off to the countryside not far from my studio. These pictures are testimony of the splendor I was blessed with. Above is a Lupin and Poppy. Beautiful flowers that grow along the roadsides and fields in our area of California. Aren't they lovely!
What a joy it was to savor the vibrant colors of spring, the warm breezes, and the intoxicating fragrances of wildfowers, freshly tilled soil and grasses. We have had rain in the last few weeks which is evident of the verdent green hills that now surround our small town.

For many years I have driven by this magical stand of walnut trees with its carpet of intensely yellow mustard flowers. And every year I tell myself I will go back and take a picture to capture its magnificence. Today was finally that day! The time of day was not the best, however, for capturing such a sight. So you will have to imagine this field being even more intensely vibrant.

Our area is filled with vineyards. I can't keep up with them all. This is one of the most popular...Edna Valley Vineyards......nestled in the coastal mountain valleys. After my sojourn over the backroads, I decided to stop at one of my favorite little cafes for lunch. I enjoyed a wonderful salad and tea on one of the picturesque decks soaking up the suns warmth, and spring breezes......but mostly just "being" in that very moment. That was yesterday's gift to me. I all too often don't take the time to just "be" and drink in the magic of every day. It was truly an artistic adventure and breathed new life into my creative process to continue my day in my studio.
From reading other artist's blogs, a lot of us have been experiencing those winter blues. I would like to share a thought from Laura Hyde who is the spiritual leader of a group I attend. Wishing you all a blessed day full of hope and pleasant surprises!
"Attitude is the mind's paintbrush. It can color any situation." Since God is the Grand Artist, She will illustrate your lessons in a way which reveals the inherent beauty lying within each and every one."