Day 313 – The Earth Laughs In Flowers

Art Apple - Day Three Hundred Thirteen“The earth laughs in flowers” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

I love to create and tend a garden.

Although our dry and dusty climate here in eastern Colorado can be a challenge I feel a huge sense of accomplishment in watching my vegetable garden come to life. Eating foods you have sown, tended, and picked feels real. It feels right to me and it is a hobby that keeps me active, intrigued, and engaged. But I plant flowers to see the pallet and texture of a composition come to life. I thrill when the first buds start to appear in the spring and I feel like the perennials who come back to visit me each year, thriving a bit more with time and care, become my friends. I speak to them – in my mind anyway as I walk past, “Hello Ms. Butterfly Bush, your purple is looking especially vibrant today!” And,”Ooh Hollyhock, I’m sorry to hear you are having such a bad case of the grasshoppers.” Flowers are joy and love and laughter.

Pick a posy; laugh with the earth!

Until tomorrow.


Day 313 was created in pen & ink and watercolor.

In The Studio

1. Countdown – 52 days to The Big Apple Paint-A-Thon to raise money for AS Education!

2. Apple Recipe of the Day – Fresh Apple Juice with Lemon

3. AS’er Spotlight – My friend Stephanie was the inspiration for today’s post. She has a Garden Center in northern California and also has AS – Merced Gardens!

4. Interesting Project – Peace Love Studios



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7 comments for “Day 313 – The Earth Laughs In Flowers

  1. Kim
    August 9, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    Hmmmm…. don’t know which I love more: the painting or your words. It’s a tie! Well done.

    Kim :)

    • August 11, 2011 at 8:52 am

      Aaahhh – Thanks Kim! Usually I do the art first and the words flow based on how I’ve been feeling but with this post I knew what I wanted to talk about and then I wanted to make an apple that “fit” – and at this point I’m trying to come up with new and different “looks” all the time and I just never know how it might work out since I’m in total experiment mode with my art as of late. I just go for it and hope it will all work out – sort of like life :)
      <3 Jenna

  2. Vic
    August 10, 2011 at 2:13 am

    …not to mention that gardening gets one moving and takes your mind off of other things.

    I agree with Kim …WELL DONE, both the post and the apple.

    • August 11, 2011 at 8:56 am

      Absolutely – it is my best exercise at the moment and distracting the mind from our AS is a very, very good thing!

  3. Melissa
    August 10, 2011 at 6:56 am

    SOOO pretty!

  4. August 10, 2011 at 7:43 am

    Perhaps you could add a visit to your garden or planning one to your list of things to do when it gets bad. You could add visualization to the list, too.
    Have you posted about that?

    Whimsical and beautiful. Flowers add such color and joy to life. Even dandelions. The roadside wild flowers in Maine in August add pleasure to our life, too. Purple wild strife, yellow dill, white Queen Anne’s lace…

    • August 11, 2011 at 8:57 am

      That is a great idea Mom. And yes, the visualization I do should be on the list too. Addendum coming up…

      And – I so miss the flowers in Maine! xoxoxoxox

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