My mother bought me these flowers from her garden.
When I said how lovely they were, and commented what a difference that one little orange flower made, she shared with me something that really struck a chord. It was some advice she’d received many years ago about garden design: you need to have the bride – who is the star of the show; then all the supporting bridesmaids, and finally, the uninvited guest in a clashing outfit. (The groom doesn’t get a mention, but let’s not over think this).
I love this concept for composition, whether it be for flower arranging, garden design, picking an outfit, or making a painting.
Can you spot the uninvited guest in this painting?
This piece is entitled ‘The world goes on’ and is part of a series of paintings inspired by some beautiful words by the poet Mary Oliver:
“Today I’m flying low and I’m not saying a word.
I’m letting all the voodoos of ambition sleep.
The world goes on as it must, the bees in the garden rumbling a little,
the fish leaping, the gnats getting eaten. And so forth.
But I’m taking the day off. Quiet as a feather.
I hardly move though really I’m traveling a terrific distance.
Stillness. One of the doors into the temple.”
Mary Oliver, A Thousand Mornings.
It comes in a beautiful, hand made, off-white wooden frame. You can find out more here.
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