You may remember that I began this painting on the evening of the day in May that my sister died. I wrote a series of blog posts about the process of creating this painting, as well as a second, larger painting on the same theme, which I have not yet completed.
|"When Lilacs...Bloomed," 10x20" original acrylic on stretched canvas, copyright Joan Cole|
Spring came early in New England this year, so the lilacs began blooming in April, which is a month early for them. My sister had been doing poorly all winter, so I took their early blossoms as a sign from my mom--who had died when the lilacs were in profusion in another May many years ago--that my sister would not be with me much longer. This may sound lugubrious to you or attention-seeking on my part or whatever. Actually, it is my way of processing my grief. I am grateful that my sister is no longer suffering. I know lilacs will bloom again. I know that beauty will always be all around me in every season. I do not think of this as a sad painting. It is a memory painting, a remembrance, a tribute to my sister.
The mountain in the background is Mount Tom in Holyoke, Massachusetts, which is north of Springfield. It is a landmark to natives like me.
I'd like to hear what you think of this piece, which is certainly different from my usual plein air paintings. Whether or not you can come to Maple & Main's opening next Friday or not, I'd enjoying hearing from you. I encourage you to leave a comment for me.
Many thanks. ~Joan