Mixed Media Drawing on Antique Parchment
18" x 24"
I have loved working on large pages. Thanks to a wonderful friend who works at a local print shop, I can work on these 18" x 24" old sheets of fragile parchment that she has carefully digitized with a page from one of my dictionaries.
I got very nostalgic working on this collection of flowers. Many of the flowers I chose for this piece have significance particularly to the memory of my mother. She grew up in Kansas and always referred to herself as a sunflower. She loved to garden but always had an uphill battle to get anything to last in the strong prairie winds with little to no rain.
For this piece I included lilacs which grew around our farmhouse, heavenly blue morning glories which covered our white picket pence in the backyard. I had to include a group of wild roses to remember the roses my grandmother brought in a covered wagon to plant on our homestead - they still grow there. I also have lilies of the valley and a single lily just for my granddaughter, Lily Jane.
I included some of my favorites - tulips, pansies, gardening tools and seed packets then topped it off with an hydrangea which were the flowers we used in our youngest daughter's wedding.