By the way,
How is an artist supposed to render the appearance of a flower out of paintbrush and paper?
Pen or paint?
And why do we aspire to do so - still?
Even now at this point in time,
Even at as it has been achieved by others, so many times,
With so much success?
Why do we continue to do this?
And why do we insist on doing this yet again?
I believe it is a practice.
A meditation, like breathing.
And it hurts no one and it makes me (the artist in this case) feel good when I get something right or even close to right.
It can be very satisfying, even when I get it wrong to think to myself, "here is where I went wrong this time, and now I look at it and I can understand, a way to have a more genuine result next time."
The world of nature speaks to us visually and artists aspire to share what it is saying.
Flowers have bloomed,
The same flowers mostly, for many hundreds if not thousands of generations,
And their message has not changed,
"I am here,
I have something to share,
the very being of my own uniqueness,
I have been saying it to each of your ancestors,
Some have stopped and listened,
Some have an understood,
What I have to say I say in playfulness and grace and Light,
You may see and feel it but you may not know it in words,
For there are no words for my message
Only a beingness that you and I share"
I try to capture the being of the flower,
In watercolor paint,
Brush and paper,
I try to capture it,
Successful or not,
I remain in awe.
Nancy Ann Moore
Self quarantined artist, illustrator, Mom.