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Twilight, a magical moment when the sun falls below the horizon, yet sunlight still illuminates.
These paintings were inspired by the tropical canna lilies in my garden. I like to visit them in the early evening to check for blooms, tend the earth and enjoy a bit of solitude. The light is soft, the air balmy and embracing and the earth warm from the day’s summer heat.
A cluster of canna lilies had been planted at the bottom of a hill along the edge of my property long ago by previous owners. I’ve observed from afar as they bloomed year after year. This spring, I wanted to enjoy these beauties blooming close up, so I transplanted them closer to my house. I’ve been in awe of their generous, broad leaves and how quickly they grow and bloom all summer long.
There's symbolism behind the canna lily. It reminds us to trust in something bigger than ourselves. These crimson red blooms are also meant to inspire and provide motivation when going through a challenging phase in life.
a gentle realization
I had thought about painting this collection for a couple months. When I finally began the beginning of July, it was a meditative and energetic experience, but I hadn't realized "the why" until I was finished. It came to me just recently, and I understood the moment it was time to release these paintings out into the world.
They are about my daughter. Just this month, she left the nest for college. We moved her in, came back home and I felt wistful, a little sad, but so excited for her. I now see the reasons behind capturing these fast growing, bold and beautiful canna lilies-they are a symbol of watching her grow. They are about tending, observing and appreciating her lessons. And then, letting her be wild and bloom as she begins her journey into adulthood.