Bloom where you are planted
Updated: Oct 1, 2022
The expression "bloom where you're planted" means a person should take advantage of the opportunities they have in their life and be grateful for the present moments. Wherever life plants you, bloom with grace. Taking stock of the blessings in our lives, especially in these crazy times, is the inspiration for my next art collection.
I have found the perfect way to express these feelings while gathering clippings from my own backyard. Each print is a one-of-a-kind original "sun print" - as I've grown fond of calling it. High quality watercolor paper treated with cyanotype mixture, which makes the paper photo sensitive. In the platemaking process I use a variety of natural ingredients to achieve different special effects.
The cyanotype process was invented by scientist and astronomer Sir John FW Hershel, in 1842 with the intention of reproducing charts and tables. I will admit I feel a bit like a mad scientist when artmaking and watching these prints "burn" in the sun is a thrill!
I have painted a special message into each piece, it might sometimes be the title, by painting my wishes, thoughts, gratitudes onto boards before mounting the art, sealing the energy of intention into each piece. After UV seal and matte varnish, I mount them on wood panels and hand paint gold leaf embellishments for the perfect finishing touches. I hope you can feel the love and joy expressed in every one. xo.
"Where flowers bloom, so does hope."
- Mrs. Lady Bird Johnson, who insisted on the planting of wildflowers along America's highways