Among the Zinnias
I am a member of the Loudoun Sketch Club, a group that goes to different locations around Loudoun County to draw and paint. Many of the members of the club are plein air painters, but I usually go to the paint outs with my sketchbooks and camera. I don't get out with the club every week, but when I do, I'm always inspired by the beauty of the county where I live.
About a month ago, we went to the wonderful Edgegrove Farm. I took tons of photos and made many sketches. I was enchanted by the wonderful free roaming chickens and zinnias everywhere I looked. But, there was one thing that escaped both my camera and sketchbook. As I was drawing some of the beautiful zinnias, a lovely little hummingbird zoomed in to enjoy the flowers with me. It was so fast, I wondered if I had perhaps imagined it. Hummingbird sightings are rare and magical to me, and they always leave a deep imprint on my mind. When the early layers of my next canvas suggested that a hummingbird or two might be hiding in there, I knew that the zinnias from Edgegrove farm would be as well.
The Edgegrove Farm zinnias and chickens are populating a few more canvases in my studio at the moment. I love to get out of the studio and look around from time to time. My sketching trips often inspire paintings, always in unexpected ways. I go out to see what stirs my curiosity, and then I run with it. As Dorothy Parker once said, "The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity." I hope you will follow your curiosity today to see where it leads.