Blackberry Magic ©Susan Morrison Sims
14″ x 11″ acrylic on canvas
(click on image to enlarge, twice to touch the briars. sorry it is a little fuzzy..I’ll re-shoot it when I get the painting back).
When our eyes see our hands doing the work of our hearts,
a circle of creation is completed inside us.
The doors of our soul open
and love steps forth
everything in sight.
Happy March to everyone..I hope all is good in your world. My, my it has been a long time since we chatted. It has been cold here (well, cold for Florida), but we have 80 degree weather coming this weekend. I have been working on commissioned pieces a lot. :O Now first let me say, I am very appreciative to have the commissions. I say that to tell you this…
I was feeling like a bird in a very little cage.
I thought I would be finished with the pieces (there are four of them) by now, but I felt stifled…as if trapped in the canvas.
As I told you in our last chat..the earth is already warming here and signs of new life are everywhere. I confess, that could be some of my problem..I long to be outside. I was outside rinsing out some of my paint buckets, and my eyes landed on something just beyond the fence. The wild blackberry bushes have awakened! The brown and tangled, and what some call wicked briars, are once again filled with green leaves and divine little white flowers!
Of course, I wandered over to see the flowers…already discovered by the bees. Hmmm...I thought..you have the prefect little canvas just waiting for brushes. I reasoned that it would be okay to slip one little blackberry painting in amongst the four large Tuscany pieces…so I did. :)
working from my heart
I felt free again.
Guess what…now I am almost finished with the four large pieces! The little painting came to be quickly and is in a show called “Up Close” in St Augustine now. In the meantime, I am bewitched..under the spell of blackberry magic! I plan to do a large blackberry painting zooming into that world of briars and berries. Soon the hot sun will summon the berries from within the blossoms. Of course, I will share them with the birds..but I may have to take just a few extra to go into blackberry tarts. More blackberry magic! :)
What a sweet, sweet circle life is…
My heart is full tonight…sending you love and light,
Ps March is Women’s History Month, and these pieces, that most of you have seen, are a show that is about expressing the beauty and uniqueness of our environment. I changed the name of the first one..it was Earth’s Mysteries.
(click on images to enlarge)
The show opened yesterday. If you haven’t read the posts about the pieces and wish to do so..just click on the titles.
I am not going to chatter about the pieces again, but I do want to tell you a little about the show. It is sponsored by the The Women’s Center of Jacksonville. I have mentioned this program before, and it is among my links on my sidebar. They help improve the lives of women and children..nearly 10,000 a year. This show is in celebration of Women’s History Month. It is in the beautiful Bank of America Tower downtown Jacksonville. I think it is one of the most beautiful sky scrappers there…outside and in. The work selected is wonderful..so I am honored to “be there.” It is a cause I believe in, and 40% of sales go to the center (originals and giclee’s).
I will be around to see all of you soon!