M A R I G O L D S
Gardening is one of my loves. Everything about watching flowers grow and the burst of color they bring to our world is amazing. Where I live the ecosystem is challenging, not to mention the deer and bunnies that stop by for a gourmet meal. They eat everything in sight so flower beds must be fenced off to protect the flowers and vegetables from intruders. It has taken me quite awhile to accept the challenges of gardening inherent in where I live. My perennial garden has had many failures…torch lilies, hyssop, paprika yarrow, pappy mallow cups, cone flowers, butterfly bush, hollyhocks and more. All varieties that were supposed to be either deer tolerant or able to grow in the Rocky Mountain Region. Well maybe that is true, but not in my neck of the woods! I have had to bob and weave, accept the elements here in the valley and make amends. Thus it brings me to the illustrious marigold. Not one of my favorite flowers, not very showy, sort of plain in my mind. Yet, they flourish in the pots on my deck. The deer don’t like them and the weather does not effect them much either. Marigolds continue to blossom after dead heading and bloom to their hearts content. They are reliable, tough little flowers, bringing forth a burst of happy color to a garden or a pot month after month.
As I contemplated these precious little gems it got me thinking about my art journey. How many times have I tried a new supply or technique hoping to discover the perfect expression? Too many to count! I have many art supplies that are practically brand new. They were interesting in the moment but I always find myself going back to what works, what I know, what I enjoy most…painting with acrylics. Just like the marigold, perfect for where I live, so are my acrylic paints. New colors emerge, yes, different subjects, of course, different themes, yes that too, but mostly I find myself using paint. Sometimes charcoal, pencils, or pastels, for mark making but all of the other items I have acquired through the years are not supplies that I reach for. As the gardening season winds down, my flower pot blossoms will have run their course just as the Russian Sage in my perennial garden. Not too fancy, yet these varieties are what you find growing around my house, merely tried and true. They are the ones that work and have success. And so it is with our art. Find what works for you, stick with it, hone your skill with it. A lot of beautiful work can be made with simple supplies. This is my take away from The Marigold in my garden, a constant companion for me, a flower that works with the elements of where I live…and it is simply, a delight. And my approach to art can be the same…stick with what works, and continue to hone my skill with painting, color mixing, value adjustments, and design. Simple, not really, but tried and true, most definitely. I love this lesson I learned from my marigolds and wanted to share it with you. Hopefully it gets you thinking or re-thinking how you approach making art.
So glad you stopped by my little corner of the world, thanks for taking the time to read my blog.