Filling my world with flowers

this was originally going to be a rather happy and light post, but after what happened in Orlando yesterday, my heart feels heavy and everything is tinged with the sadness i feel for those affected by the shooting. this morning, i went to my kindergartener's spring sing and they ended the concert with "What a Wonderful World" - my heart is bursting with the joy and beauty in the voices of those little children on the one hand, and the pain and violence of Florida. it is hard to believe that this world we live in has so much hate and yet also has the capacity to make so much beauty.

so while my thoughts are tinged with so much sadness, i look around me and see so many beautiful flowers. and it is these beauties that i have been busy filling the world of my mind with. here are some photos i've been posting on Instagram. while i cannot have my own garden here, i am growing a garden in my head with these paintings. 

There's something special about performing...

i'd known that, ever since i first set foot on a stage as a child, but it's been a LONG time since then.  this past saturday, i had the wonderful opportunity to share my shadow puppet piece on the stage along with some really wonderful, talented, creative puppeteers.  and what can i say?  i was nervous, excited and had so much fun, all at the same time!!  it was a great experience to be able to share my work (and many many thanks to those of you who came out to see my work!! xoxo) but it was equally wonderful to be backstage with all the other performers and to feel everyone's creative energy.  i felt so inspired, esp as i got to sit in the audience for the second half of the show.  there were so many diverse voices and so many different ways of presenting the work.  and then the overall atmosphere was so special - because the puppet theater is rather small, the evening felt very intimate and special.  thank you to Puppet Showplace Theater and everyone involved in putting the Slam together!

unfortunately, i was too distracted to take any photos at the Slam - sorry!  however, i would like to share some photos of the beautiful spring we have been having here in Boston.  trees are exploding with flowers everywhere! it's hard to believe we had so much snow not that long ago.


spring always makes me a little restless, but more so this year.  with a big move ahead of us, i've been busy clearing out *stuff* in the hopes of making our house look less cluttered.  i've been spending an inordinate amount of time online looking for a home in Boston.  my mind feels rather frenetic, and i think the lack of focus and direction in my recent sketches and paintings clearly reflect the state my mind is in.

i rather wish i was like this tulip, tightly closed and still, waiting for the sun to come out.

but life must go on. i wish i could wave a magic wand over everything in the house and have all the stuff magically shrink and pack itself into a tiny suitcase, but all the stuff is evidence of life lived and in many ways, it is good to sort and be reminded of that.

i leave you with a photo of the beautiful poppies my husband bought for me from the past weekend's farmer's market.  yes, the poppies are indeed beautiful, but for some reason, i was drawn to the stems. :)