Flower bed

Hiya. How the time flies. Nearly two weeks have passed in a blink without a post; time to redress that.

I am doing well. How are you? We’re in the full flush of Spring, here. It’s a joy to see all the colours coming back again — everywhere I look, now, there are buds on the bushes, flowering trees in full bloom, fields of dandelions, and flocks of crumb-eating park pigeons and their iridescent head-feathers. After the long and arduous winter, the sight of pigeons and dandelions has been an uplift.

So today’s sketch is just a few Spring thoughts, in picture form, of a small garden enjoying the day. I don’t know what compels me to draw gardens the way I do. The drawings are intuitive and child-like in some ways, and I enjoy their simplicity. Something about picturing the process of coming into bloom feels good and hopeful. Creating these blooms on the page means the garden within is always alive. For the past year, I’ve found myself in the process of being “grounded,” not only by the quarantining we have all entered, but by life events and uncertainties which have compelled me to see things from a new view — not a rarefied bird’s-eye view that looks down at my life from a level of abstraction, but very much an earth- and worm-level view that dwells among the roots and soil and mushrooms. The view of mud and murkiness from which living, in part, draws its force (as I have come to understand it). Psychologist James Hillman writes about the process of “growing down” into the world — taking on roots, commitments, responsibilities, a life — as an alternative to our usual metaphor of “growing up.” I like to think these drawings signal a sense of rootedness and generativity, even in a simple way.

What do the things and images you make teach you / show you? And do we grow down, or do we grow up?

Until next time, may you have a beautiful weekend and bask in the sun.

6 thoughts on “Flower bed

  1. Your plants against that pink ‘sky’ delight me in a way I can’t quite describe. Growth is a fascinating and big subject. I think it is a good thing to grown down, or into oneself. Stitching calms and centres me, which is a form of growth if one is restless and impatient.
    On this side of the world we are having mellow, clear days as winter approaches

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    1. Thank you, Mariss! How sweet of you to say. I agree – finding things that calm and center me is more important now, than ever, and that peace is its own form of growth. Thank you for putting it so beautifully. 🙂 Wishing you more mellow, clear days!

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  2. Time flies indeed! How is it May already?! Your sketch perfectly captures the late springtime mood though – tangles of plant growth and spectacular skies. And the fact that you notice all the details of each plant you’ve included in your flower bed sums up what I feel I get out of making – a chance to slow down and take in the little things. Happy spring, Shirley!

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    1. Happy Spring, Helen! May’s a chilly one so far for us over here, but I’m thankful for all the greenery, too, and some truly nice cloud days mixed in with the overcast ones. I really am glad that we all (i.e. Beastie fans/owners/readers) get to enjoy the marvelous products of what sounds like a joyful making process (notwithstanding the kinds of mischief the Beasties can get into! hihi). Enjoy your weekend, Helen. 🙂

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