Queen Anne's Lace
Painting - Oil On Canvas
A field of Queen Anne's Lace is a site in which to stop, muse, and engage in thoughtful contemplation.
Many of us did this as children, you know, but we stopped as we “grew up” and reached adulthood, supposedly with a greater sense of wisdom.
But what could be wiser than slowing down our frenetic pace in life and standing in the midst of a field of flowers, simply taking in the color, the aroma, the quiet interrupted only by the mild buzzing of bees? For some reason, it is no stretch for children to do this, and a wise person, like the woman in the artwork, Queen Anne’s Lace, learns from the actions of children to step away from the busy-ness and connect with the timeless world of nature.
“Oh, it’s a vile weed,” people comment about Queen Anne’s Lace, and while yes, it is a fairly aggressive plant that will take over a field in short order, out in the rural country wilderness and far away form agrarian purposes, Queen Anne’s Lace has its place in the cycle of nature, and does not see itself as a weed at all.
Its flowers are delicate, fronds of lace that blow gently in the wind, white and cream in color. There are no thorns or stickies, and if the flowers were dried and placed in a bouquet, many people would comment upon how beautiful they are.
Queen Anne’s Lace, the artwork, invites us to step into this remote country meadow on a cool spring day, to feel the gentle breeze upon our face, to turn our face toward the warm sunlight and simply bask in the beauty of our surroundings. Queen Anne’s Lace encourages us to learn what children know intrinsically, and are taught is foolishness by the adult world around them: we all need time to do what looks like nothing, and the greatest, deepest thinking we do is in an atmosphere of silence and tranquility.
Featured on 35 Fine Art America groups.
April 21st, 2017
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