The Magic of Roses…

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When I was a little girl, we lived next door to a man who tended the most beautiful roses. Brick walkways covered with moss led to a small but well loved garden. Rosebushes lined the beds… all colors, all kinds, identified by tiny tags sinking into earth. My favorite of all were the apricot roses…The most special in all of the garden, he told me. Sometimes, he would let me walk with him as he watered and fed them…I wasn’t allowed to touch them, too delicate, he’d say. But every so often he would bend a stem towards me so I could breathe that blossom in. And on the luckiest of days, I’d collect the fallen petals from the walkway and hold them in my hand so tightly till they were bruised with love. My very first treasure:)) I was enthralled with that garden and all that grew there. There was magic there. Every time I see a rosebush I remember:))

So much beauty and treasure in my life. I am so grateful for all the moments and spaces in between.

Lovely day, all… make it amazing ~

In The Moment ~

In The Moment ~

My ink and watercolor is finally complete and will soon be on its way to Orlando, Florida for the 4th Twitter Art Exhibit. Proceeds from the sale of artwork for this show will benefit The Center for Contemporary Dance, Special Needs Classes, a nonprofit (501)©3 organization dedicated to dance education and outreach. As always, there is much of me within the lines and washes of watercolor of my work… this piece is a true reflection of a lovely moment in time.

Always an honor to have my art hang on the wall amidst such talented artists, many of whom are dear friends. Warm thanks as always to David Sandum, the founder of the TAE and to all those behind the scenes who work tirelessly to ensure the exhibit is a success. It has been a pleasure to donate my art over the years and to watch the exhibit evolve into such a fantastic international collective.

I invite you to read more about the exhibit here, to follow along on twitter and, if you haven’t done so already,  to create a work of art to be included in the exhibition. The deadline for art submission is February 24, 2014… More details on the Call For Artists page.

In The Moment, Original Ink and Watercolor ©Michelle Rummel

A Quiet Calm…Feeling the Color Coming Back ~

A Quiet Calm...Feeling the Color Coming Back ~

Design work, pulling me away from playing with watercolors and posting here lately…Yes, I am a quieter presence sometimes. It’s needed, so I can focus my energy. Hard though, when so many of you lovely souls are here, reaching out in your own way, posting your inspiring art and beautiful words…

But I am somehow calm in the midst of this moment. As always, it’s all about balance.

So, just a few words to say… I’m here, always close. Even when quietly so. Floating in and out as I can… and ever grateful for the kindness that comes to me. After all, it’s what keeps me coming back ~

Original Watercolor ©Michelle Rummel