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 Rain Beads on Petals


Item#: 2006SYR11

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11x17-inches, printed on heavy weight (100-pound) Hammermill cover paper. We package each print with a piece of chipboard in a clear plastic sleeve.

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An information page with photos of the artist and poet, and hand-written comments from each.

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Rain Beads on Petals

poster information


Rain beads on petals
Thornden among the roses
After passing storm

We used to live on Westmoreland Avenue, and when the kids were young, I would take them to the pool at Thornden Park for swimming lessons. The park has its rose garden, and that was a big draw, too. It's such a pretty place.

I love flowers, but especially roses. I like the very fragrant ones, and I think they look beautiful after the rain. I have a few of my own—not too many. I have some tea roses, and then I have some miniature roses. My first rose bush was given to me by my daughters on Mothers' Day. That one is pink. I have another one that's white. That one was given to me by friends after my mother died. Those roses are especially nice, because when I look at them blooming, they remind me of my mother and my daughters.

I liked the natural content of this poem. I am from the country, and my family is big on gardening. So I was drawn to this poem more than to some of the other poems. I also like to include animals in my illustrations, so I thought this poem would be great for that.

I'd been to the rose garden before, but I never paid too much attention to it. So I went back when the roses were in full bloom and took some pictures.

I also did some research on the garden and found it started in the 1920s. So when I put some birds in the painting, I decided to put them in period clothing. And to keep the roses as the main focus, I made the rest of the painting in sepia tone.