Hanami time, opening up to the pleasure of art, nature and cake.
I have just had a very fruitful open up art studio in Sheffield, and was pleased that on some days the sun shone allowing the exhibition of some bold colourful abstracts in the garden. We live in the urban on the edge of the woods leading out towards to Peak District. In contrast to the neatly trimmed tall wall of privet, the bursts of colour remind us that nature cannot actually be tamed. It is itself.
At this time of year the blossom trees and flowers are blooming into being. BBC 2’s Springwatch paid tribute to Cherry Blossom time in Japan, the start of the Hanami festival of welcoming spring with appreciation that flowers are transient. Our cherry blossom is now metamorphosing into cherries, but the apple blossom framed the scene of my garden exhibition, under which visitors stopped to enjoy the art in the garden, tea with my freshly baked cakes of pistachio, mint, lemon, almonds, chocolate, beetroot and parsnip! and the company.
Inside the house, rather fitting it seemed, I played one of my favourite CDs named Sakura (meaning cherry blossom) that mystically flowed around the indoor exhibition.
One visitor said to me ‘I have just been sitting admiring your paintings and bathed in music. I could have stayed all day.’ Art brings life, brings interaction brings new life. Visitors left having gained either a painting, cards, inspiration, new perspectives and probably a few pounds from the cake.