Spring Rights Winter’s Wrongs

How long was winter for you? It’s not so much that the weather was bad or cold; it was just dark.

And then one day, one of my house plants reminded me that Spring was on its way and regardless of my neglect, there is hope in new growth.

Heading into my studio to play around with spring time colors and images for an Easter greeting, I was interrupted by (more like “called to fundraise for”) the events in the Ukraine. I donated a box of cards for a local fundraiser and felt I could do more.

Two cards emerged: one, an updated version of my popular Sunflower with a blue sky and a new quote to represent the Ukraine’s national flower and national crop. The other, an abstract representation of the Ukrainian national flag with a symbol of Faith, Hope, Love in gold watercolor.

The response from family and friends was amazing. Nearly $1,500 was raised and donated to UNICEF. I am so grateful for all who supported this cause.

With the fundraiser coming to a close, I turned my attention again to Spring. It is doubtful my cards will be received in time for Easter or Passover. Nonetheless, my family will receive greetings soon and friends and patrons will receive a card while it is still Spring (certainly before Winter.)

Creating this image was Zen-like, soothing and refreshing and then topping with acrylic dots, dried miniature flowers or ribbons was an added surprise.

In these troubled times, let us look at Spring as a sign that change can be beautiful and filled with hope.

Published by Helena

After a diverse career in Corporate America, I am freeing myself of a ton of ego traps; chief among them is "perfectionism." Watercolor, when left to its own devices and imperfections seems to create something more beautiful than intended. I am still a student and love the learning journey. Sharing that with friends and family in the form of greeting cards, has been a surprise filled with joy.

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