An Evolving Life. Think Spring.
Last week was my birthday. Even though it is getting harder to face the addition of another year to my age, I can’t help but love this time of year, this particular week in fact.
It’s the moment went the light changes, gets just that much brighter; when the deep purple petals of the hearty crocus appear amidst the colorless landscape; when birdsong rouses me to welcome the day.
It’s also the time when I start to shed the layers of winter exchanging my puffy coat for my sleek leather jacket, my thick-soled boots for thin-soled sneakers, my winter weight for my more svelte self.
Here’s a watercolor called “Think Spring” completed at the start of March when I began to visualize the pastels outside my large picture window.
When I started this piece with a pencil drawing of the figure at the live model session I attend each week, I didn’t know that she would end up perched in front of my window. And when I began applying a leafy green and a veracious violet to her skin, I had no idea she would be contemplating and reflecting Spring!
From one who is always thinking, its such a joy and a relief when the work comes through me and not necessarily from me...
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I have had the good fortune of knowing Meryl Spiegel for many years. We met during my BNB days when she was referred to me as a resource for a specific type of photography I was searching for. I also knew her as a writer. Over the years, I have been impressed with Meryl’s talent and creativity, and the honesty of her work. When Meryl began to sketch, paint, work with pastels, she truly overlaid one talent on top of another. The layers were intriguing. I reached out to Meryl recently because I thought that the Hummingbird audience would appreciate her work, and value her process. They say that timing is everything, and in this case it was, because Meryl was thinking about not only “showing” her work, but writing about it too. In our new series, An Evolving Life, Meryl will share the stages, challenges, and meaning of her art, and the journey that coincides with the pieces she highlights. Sandra Novick
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