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  • Writer's pictureMary Lachman

Daffodils and Forsythia

Hello April-

I love the change of seasons from winter into spring. I don't know if I would enjoy living in a region without that transition. Spring energizes new growth and new possibilities for me.

This past month I finished an online botanical drawing course I was taking at the New York Botanical Garden. The beech leaves on the left were my subject for one of the graphite drawings I did. I would encourage you to check out the classes on the NYBG website. You might just find something you'd like to try. For me it is about getting back to things I liked to do as a child (drawing) and trying to capture nature although it is all so fleeting!

I am also trying to explore Connecticut and go places I have never been before. To that end I recently went to the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield. There I discovered works by Karla Knight, an artist I was not yet familiar with. I was completely wowed by her works on canvas. Below is one of her pieces. The following link will give you a good insight into her process and her inspirations. It is an interview she did with Roz Chast at the Westport Public Library

And lastly, a week ago Saturday a few friends and I met to create fabric collages. Several of the group had never tried this before so I brought along a piece as an example. Below I am holding 'Knight and Day'. I made this a few years ago for the #IBelieveInWaterbury exhibit at the Mattatuck Museum.

The inspiration was the horse statue on the Waterbury city green. The background is hand-dyed cotton, the horse is made from various batiks collaged with fusible and fabric glue, and then the whole piece was free-motion quilted by me ---a technique that I am still learning!

Today and every day I wish you peace and joy. I am grateful for many blessings, among them the birds that are singing outside in the sunshine.

Happy Easter~Joyous Passover~Blessed Ramadan

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