My heart is completely shattered this morning as I watch scene after scene of catastrophe unfold in Oklahoma. I'm in Muscle Shoals, Alabama for a few days with a friend and I'm supposed to be working on a book illustration project right now, but I can't tear myself away from the television in my hotel room. It's too hard to see, and too hard not to watch. This world can be such a treacherous place.
I was planning to list this painting for sale in my Etsy shop today, but I'd rather give it away instead. I started painting these flower paintings this past winter during a bitterly sorrowful spell, and the only way I could think to combat the sadness was to paint the most joyful things I could conjure. Sometimes, clinging to beauty in the face of despair is all I can reckon to do, even though it doesn't do much. My prayers are for restoration this morning, for warmth and hope and light and redemption, for fears to be stilled and for hearts to be strengthened.
The painting is 16" x 20", watercolor and gouache on sturdy, 300lb Arches watercolor paper. The giveaway will be open until this Friday night, the 21st, at midnight. Just leave a comment and I will choose a winner on Friday via the Random Number Generator. I also listed a print version here in my Etsy shop. April's Flowers and March's Flowers are now available as prints too.