Children of the Sun was my live painting today for The Joyful Brush, my online class. Hydrangeas are one of my absolute favorite flowers. I grew up on an organic farm in East Texas where flowers were planted to attract insects off the crops, and provided rows and rows of beautiful color. I remember being embarrassed when friends who lived “in town” would come to visit, since they would see our country life, how we lived in a very basic house, wearing hand-me-downs and rarely doing the things city kids took for granted, such as going to the pool or shopping at the mall.
For my three sisters and I, going to town was an event, and, if we stopped at the Dairy Queen for ice cream cones when Dad finished his errands, this was a huge treat. I am so glad, now, that I had this simple, focused life, when my summers were spent reading every book I could and enjoying the companionship of the animals, and playing with my sisters.
With my Mother’s encouragement, we used our imaginations to build worlds and play of our own making. We had no internet, no video games, and no cable TV. Maybe this is why I love painting from life so much. Because there was nothing artificial that filled the days of my youth.
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