Friday, January 2, 2009

"Lemons and Roses..."

The sweet scent of it all...
We both sat outside most of the day...I sketched and painted...
Scott watched bowl games...lots of them!
The sun was brilliant and bright and full of dry desert warmth...
The air mostly calm...the skies clear and blue.
The fragrance from our outdoor table wreath, invigorated by the sun,
filled the air
with pine, cedar, and juniper.
The scent of rosemary,
from several nearby shrubs,
danced gently around us as well.
I picked a few lemons from our tree to draw...
and...to my delight...that added yet another
layer to the day's fragrant palette.
"Ahhh"...I said to myself as my brush glided across my sketchbook...
"This IS the 'Arizona' everyone comes here to experience...
...What a perfect day!"
Hmmm...:)
My drawing here is very simple,
the words not even my own...but copied from a card Scott gave me.
The true beauty of this sketch is simply in its existence.
Everything in it seemed to flow deliciously and easily together.
And...
whenever I look at this page in the future...I won't focus on the
"Lemons and the Roses"
I will remember vividly the palette of the day..
the warmth, the fragrances, the fluttering of hummingbird wings
the sunlight, and the long shadows...
Ah! What treasure it is to live life through the senses!
What a joy to "BE"!

"It's a higher frequency of consciousness when you get 'out there.' "
~Aliye Cullu..regarding plein air painting

14 comments:

Lisa Reed said...

I swear I can smell the fragrances! I can sure tell how easily this flowed for you. What a great way to start the year.

Teri C said...

A perfect day for sure. We had one of those also but yours was much more productive with such beautiful results. Simple is good.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

You are describing a perfect summer day here Margaret. While I am sitting in my warm room it is in the low 30's outside. Brrrrr Your sketch and words are indeed a breath of fresh air for me. Thanks.

soulbrush said...

perfect indeed. you know what they say: 'if life gives you lemons, make lemonade'. i shall try to remember that. hugs.
wordveri: princess (ha ha that's you!)

john.p said...

Your day sounds similar to that of my DW and I...no significant event yet satisfying. We packed up the Christmas decor, then she worked on quilts and I took a walk with camera and sketchbook. Life is good.

Stapeliad said...

How beautiful...and what a combination- lemons and roses. They compliment each other quite well...both sweet, both bitter.

I love your lettering.

Sandy said...

Here Here, lovely prose with a lovely post - Happy New Year to YOU!!

Lynn said...

That's just beautiful - both the drawing and the post. I wish you many perfect days in the new year.

Sherry said...

Your post today made me smile. While the weather is chilly in Wisconsin, I can enjoy the warmth of Arizona through your sketches and posts. Thank you, and happy new year to you.

marianne said...

Beautiful. Simple but perfect!
Inspirational. Love your style

Sandy said...

Nice post and drawing/painting. I love the quote too!

janabouc said...

Your blog is such a treat -- so vibrant and bursting with creativity. I really like this piece!

kazumiwannabe said...

This is lovely! The writing is classy and the drawings delicate and beautiful!
Bonne année 2009! I wish you the best, and a lot of drawings!

Rock Kyndl said...

I'm a sucker for an artistically rendered font. Beautiful.