Flowers for (French) Mother's Day*...

CABBAGE FLOWERS©2006 Felice PanagrossoOil on Canvas

CABBAGE FLOWERS
©2006 Felice Panagrosso
Oil on Canvas 65 x 55 cm

When I was a kid, my mother would watch me paint stone walls, building facades and cliff-lined river banks.  Lovely grays, browns and ochres.  She once said to me, with a bit of impatience in her voice:

“Why don’t you paint some nice pretty colorful flowers?”

At which point I found flowers very difficult to paint, pretty or otherwise.  I don’t know why this occurred.  Later, when I tried painting them, they looked like my buildings – concrete, stony, rigid and solid – rather than the ethereal, living, breathing things that they are.  By the way, I consider buildings and stone to be living and breathing as well, but that’s another story.

I’ve tried and tried since then, to paint flowers.  This time, for some reason, I think I’ve been successful.  I hope you do too.

Happy Mother’s Day.

-Felice

*Mother’s Day in France falls on the last Sunday in May.  In the US, it’s celebrated on the second Sunday.

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