Wednesday, December 20, 2006
In my haste of holiday chores and preparations, I'll be using flowers (for the most part), particularly those with lots of petal shapes and contours, to continue my daily sketch and watercolor practice -- but also to stop myself from getting too frantic -- to make myself slow down -- and SEE again. They'll be my meditation practice -- so I can 'center' and truly enjoy the time with family and return to the spirit of the season.
Roses for me have been a tad 'challenging' with all their contours, highlights, swirly petals, dips and flanges. They're my mom's favorite flower -- and I tend to love them myself. The new varieties of 'Knock-Out' roses are one of the most robust, care-free varieties I've seen, and they have a delicate scent that so many hybrids have lost.
I have a number of these on my property (and at the Arboretum). I collect the petals after the rose has bloomed, dry the petals, and then use their delicate scent for potpourri.
While roses may not be a Christmas 'seasonal' .... to me they always represent love -- and THAT is definitely a part of this season.