Monday, June 7, 2010

Hope for the Future

Chicago Peace blooms in my garden- it's first bloom the most spectacular. I attended a graduation ceremony this weekend and came away hopeful for the future. The Millennium Generation is "confident, connected and open to change". I need this optimism in my often cynical world. The roses bloom every year and honor us with their beauty. I felt honored by the beauty and energy of the young graduates and want to see how their lives unfold and blossom.
Last week, we sketched at Cornell Farm. I enjoyed the roses there and this sleeping beauty.
The begonias spread their colorful blossoms, too. I feel a connection to nature more intensely after reading Margaret Atwood's book, The Year of the Flood. She included in her novel Hymns of the God's Gardeners which I downloaded to my iPod to enjoy the music. The hymns add another dimension to her novel. It's a very thought provoking read.


Diva Kreszl said...

what a glorious color, your rose is quite beautiful!

Suzanne Reynolds said...

The rose is breath-taking, Paula! Love your colorful sketches, too.

Jan Heigh said...

Had a problem with my first comment so hope this one comes through and isn't a duplicate.

Exquisite rose. And thanks for mentioning Margaret Atwood. I haven't read anything from her in a long time.


Gwen said...

I love your sketches, esp. the one with the sleeping lady. I also haven't read any Margaret Atwood for a long time, I will look for this one.

I also loved your photos of the cranes in the last post.

ArtPropelled said...

I particularly like your style of painting. It's refreshing!