Wildflowers Along The Creek
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With this series I attempt to capture that magical feeling that I have whenever I go canoeing in the spring and summer and happen upon the various wildflowers, grasses and weeds that grow along the river banks. There are wild irises, red cardinals, dogwood, the not so good purple loose strife, not to mention the water lilies, arrow head, Canadian thistle and many others! I once visited Monet's Garden in Giverny and I remember someone describing it as a 'romantic disarray of flowers'. This is what goes through my head as I paint these. It is to me, an attempt to capture a fleeting moment of joy that I experience while out on the quiet waters near my home. I smell the fresh air, I hear the spring peepers, kingfishers, ducks, otters, bitterns and red-winged blackbirds. I feel the warm sun and also the cool shade under the weeping willow. I swat the occasional mosquito or deer fly; and I delight in seeing butterflies and dragonflies among the wildflowers, grasses and so called weeds.