Succulent Spring

Monday, February 22, 2016

These are sweet days amidst the blink of North Florida spring. For me, it’s been a weekend of yoga and thrift shopping, cooking and house cleaning, connecting with friends and painting–in other words, taking a sort of impeccable care of myself, which is easier at some times than others.

Succulent Spring

Today, after a week of this painting not coming easily, my friend Katie dropped by for a visit. “Any new paintings?” she asked innocently.  I hedged. “There’s something, but it’s really weird. I know it’s bad, but I don’t know what to do.”

“Let me see,” Katie said, and I let her, because she’s a painter too, and has a great sense of design, and a knack for seeing what’s good in my work and helping me bring it along–all without judgement.

“Oh,” she laughed, “it is weird.”

“I wanna abandon it,” I whined. She looked awhile and said, “You know, I really like the plant shapes. They remind me of succulents. Why don’t you just go crazy on it with some more shapes and see what happens?”

So I did, and yippee, it’s done.

I know this because now when I look at it, it brings me delight, not distress.

Thank you, Katie!

1 comment :

  • Anna Heineman

    Sara–I love how your style and work changes and morphs without you knowing where it’s going, and then it turns into something unexpectedly beautiful. Such a great analogy for life, eh?! xo

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