When I was young, I had an aunt whom I adored. Â She had such a lovely aesthetic to her life. Â Every detail was thoughtful and full of intention. Â I remember visiting her house as a child — the umbrella stand filled with peacock feathers, the music box that played Edelweiss, the carved wooden beads shaped like animals, the black and white photos of antique teacups and black patent leather shoes. Â It was like opening a treasure chest from another time and place. Â
I wanted to be like her when I grew up. Â She died suddenly, unexpectedly — a mixture of tragedy and disappointment. Â I never knew her as an adult. Â But there are things that will always remind me of her — ginko leaves are one of them. Â She used to press them between the pages of old books, and over time the leaf would become as faded and brittle as the pages that contained it.
The above mini art was inspired by those leaves, and was originally created forÂ “art card of the month”Â subscribers. Â But once I got the image into my head I couldn’t shake it — it quickly turned into a series, and snuck itself between wholesale orders and commissions (a new idea is the guilty pleasure of a working artist!) Â I’m sure there will be more to come, but in the meantime I am so pleased to share these with you:
metallic print, 5×7 inches ~ $9 Â Â Â Copper Leaves on Red, 5×7 inches ~ $75 Â
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I am particularly proud of the last piece; it is quite stunning in person although it doesn’t cooperate with the camera terribly well. Â The background is full of swirls of deep teal blue that glow in the most lovely way.
The above pieces are all currently available for purchase, if they resonate with you as well. Â
Here is to fueling your soul ~ to the bits of life that inspire you, and the ripples you create~