Arts Everyday Living: August Flowers, River Garden—My Own Giverny

FOR MY ART CIRCLES CLASS WHICH WAS CANCELLED TODAY!

I’m sorry to hear that we are not meeting today.  But I look forward to next week and our discussion group on landscape and the environment.  So I thought I’d republish a summer blog of August, 2015 when I lived near Alexandria.  Although the snow can be beautiful too!

 

AUGUST FLOWERS, RIVER GARDEN

MY OWN GIVERNY

 

SONG OF THE FLOWER

I am a kind word uttered and repeated

By the voice of Nature;

I am a star fallen from the

Blue tent upon the green carpet.

I am the daughter of the elements

With whom Winter conceived;

To whom Spring gave birth; I was 

Reared in the lap of Summer and I

Slept in the bed of Autumn.

Kahlil Gibran*

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Z.

Federico Zandomeneghi, Girl Picking Flowers, date unknown, oil, location unknown

The summer is ending at my home in Virginia and I felt compelled last week to capture some memories of August at my own Giverny, River Farm near Alexandria.  In this wonderful garden, maintained by the American Horticultural Society, so many of the flowers were already fading and even dead, heralding the coming change of seasons.  However, at least one section was still blooming, its occupants growing freely, wildly, in all directions.

Wildflowers

August Flowers, Joan Hart, 2015, photo, River Farm, Alexandria, Virginia

Uncertain where to aim my camera, I attempted to focus on one fleur,

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August Flowers, Joan Hart, 2015, photo, River Farm, Alexandria, Virginia

as well as a group clustered near a wooden bench.

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August Flowers, Joan Hart, 2015, photo, River Farm, Alexandria, Virginia

Then I finally realized,

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August Flowers, Joan Hart, 2015, photo, River Farm, Alexandria, Virginia

that sometimes beauty can be found in chaos.

 

I drink dew for wine, and hearken to

The voices of the birds, and dance

To the rhythmic swaying of the grass.*

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Wildflowers

August Flowers, Joan Hart, 2015, photo, River Farm, Alexandria, Virginia

*Excerpts from Song of the Flower by Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931), who was a Lebanese-American painter and poet (writing both in Arabic and English). His book The Prophet has been a bestseller in the United States, beloved by millions of readers.

Italian Impressionist Federico Zandomeneghi (1841-1917), adapted the style of Monet, Renoir, and his friend Degas soon after he moved to Paris from his country in the early 1870s.  He participated in several of their exhibitions held from 1874 to 1886; many of his works are of women subjects like Girl Picking Flowers above (whose date and location are unknown).

 

The above image is used solely for educational purposes.

Make your summer last forever walking through the fields of Claude Monet in Through an Artist’s Eyes: Learning to Live Creatively!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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