Roses, from rain… en plein air, France. ©Susan Morrison Sims
(acrylic on unstretched canvas. approx 14.5″ x 16.5″ Click on image to see complete painting)
They must often change,
who would be constant in
happiness or wisdom.
I am struggling for words this afternoon…can you imagine that? ha! I think that is why I decided to show you this piece painted en plein air in France. It was painted over another piece..one of struggles. The other four pieces, I’ll eventually post, are probably more of what you are expecting..landscape paintings from that area. Well maybe, you know I tend to step into my own little world when I paint…right? eh, eh
On the last day of painting, before a road trip to Lyon, I was painting, re-painting, and RE-PAINTING a landscape. I started it the very first day of painting, and I was VERY frustrated with it! :o Then on top of that the weather changed and a gentle rain began, which quickly turned into a steady drizzle. So I had no choice but to pack up and head back to the villa…which only added to my frustration! I walked under a certain window, as I often had while staying there. Alas this time, despite the rain, I found myself standing there mesmerized by the beautiful roses caressing the window and wall. In awe and enchanted by their simple beauty in the rain…my frustration simply dissipated and happiness filled the space. I then knew what I wanted and needed to paint that morning.
I spotted a large umbrella on the patio and moved it beneath the little window and set up to paint roses OVER the frustrating landscape (things of life). The rain not only continued, it strengthened and it was challenging to keep everything dry..including the canvas. I painted for about 45 minutes until my palette and my canvas were a mix of paint and rain. I decided to just let it be, as you see it here. So I can honestly say..this painting is of roses, from rain.
This painting (and this post) are metaphors for some recent events in my life and in a friend’s.
Life is constant change
one never knows what wisdom or gifts
within the change.
I am dedicating this post to Stephanie, my wonderful framer and wonderful friend. I have often mentioned her here. Sadly she is closing her shop, and today is her last day. I have witnessed her strength and determination to adjust and embrace change, and I admire and respect her more than ever! May good energies abound on her new path, and YES I am saying it, corny as it may be, I can’t help myself….I am wishing her Roses, from rain.
I am wishing the same for all of us,
love, light, and laughter,