A Life In Flowers

In the recent past, life has been very hard on the old men I know, including my father and those of close friends.  It’s such a dramatic cycle, I keep calling it No Country for Old Men.  As sad a time this is for so many,  it’s as natural as the different stages of a blooming orchid stalk.

#11 Orchid Series 2012-13

A little over a month ago, my dear friend, Marissa Bridge, visited her father for the last time.  Right after that, at ninety eight and a half years old, he left this world.  He lived so long, Marissa never thought he would actually be gone.

#6 Orchid Series 2012 folio

She’s a painter and actively engaged in an ongoing series she calls The Journey: all different stages of one orchid plant.  It symbolizes transitions in life, the passing of time: growth, maturity, and last but equally dynamic, decline.

#14 Orchid Series 2012-13 folio

With eyes on these paintings, and face to face with her, my pink heart blossomed.  Honoring cycles of life with the orchid as a metaphor, it is her hope that future viewers will understand something about life just by looking at them.

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 Whether painting orchids or lilies, Marissa is painting herself, her beautiful life in flowers.

For more loveliness go to: www.marissabridgestudio.com

3 thoughts on “A Life In Flowers

  1. What beautiful paintings. Coupled with your eloquence, i have flower petal tears dropping from my eyes xo

  2. So true – decline has its own dynamic. Unpredictable, surprising, like all of life. Beautiful painting – beautiful words!

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