Friday, August 20, 2010

ROSE OF SHARON, 5X7, OIL, SOLD

Today is a special day.  It is my mother's 89th birthday.  She is one tough lady and has overcome much in her life.  When she was born she was only two pounds.  My grandmother fed her with an eye-dropper and carried her on a pillow.  Can you imagine that she could survive that 89 years ago?  She is not doing too well now and may not be with us much longer, but I thought this would be the perfect way to honor her on her birthday.

There are not too many plants as tough as Rose of Sharon.  In Western North Carolina, you see them everywhere.  The are pretty tough plants.  A neighbor trimmed her plant and brought the trimmings to me last summer.  I stuck them in the ground and watered them for a week and then left for the winter.  Today they line the front of my vacation home, covered in flowers, all summer long.  They only stop flowering when the frost comes.  When I am there, every morning I love to get a cup of coffee and sit in the rocker on my porch, surrounded with these beautiful flowers.

Happy Birthday, Mom!

PS:  Today is the last day of my Blog Visitor's sale.  Check the previous post for details.

17 comments:

AK said...

Lovely painting Carol. Best wishes to you and your Mom on her birthday. I wish her good health and many more birthdays ahead.

Carol DeMumbrum said...

Beautiful flower and beautiful painting. What a wonderful way to honor your mom's birthday. Blessings!

Pam Holnback said...

You really captured this flower! A beautiful tribute to your mom. I love western NC. We were married in Flat Rock. My dad retired there and we spent many vacations visiting him. So much more vegetation there than here, although I have to say that I struggled w/ the humidity!

Barbara Andolsek Paintings said...

Beautiful Carol! And Happy Happy Birthday to you Mom. My Mother just turned 88 in July. Where does the time go?

Cathyann said...

What a beautiful tribute, story and painting, Carol. My Dad loved these flowers one of few things that grew well in Brooklyn NY!

Susan Roux said...

89. Spectacular! Happy birthday Mom!

Enjoy her.

Your rose is lovely...

Ralph said...

An amazing painting I hope you mother has a beautiful day.

Carol Blackburn said...

Beautiful painting and tribute to your Mother.........wishing her a very happy birthday.

carol morgan carmichael said...

Beautiful painting and story!

Portrait Painting By Johanna Spinks said...

A fitting flower and great art tribute to your mom...poignant post

Kim Blair said...

Lovely tribute to your Mom, Carol. Lovely shading in the petals and I like the way you tied in your signature with the colour in the flower center.
Kim

Susan E. Roden said...

A wonderful commemorative painting for your Mother Carol! Touch of beauty.

Liana Yarckin said...

Carol, what a story. Your painting is beautiful and story shows what a beautiful person you are. A very Happy Birthday to your Mother.

Diana Marshall said...

Happy Birthday to your Mom, she does sound special, you are lucky to have her with you so long. Beautiful flower so lovely to sit on your porch surrounded by them.

Sparrowhawk said...

belated greeting to your mom Carol... Rose of Sharon is lovely! Shall remember the name for a long long time.

suzanneberry said...

Great post, painting and story! Happy belated birthday to Mom!

laine lea said...

Carol, what a beautiful apinting and tribute! Loved catching up on the art youve been creating. As always its inspiring!!

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