A couple of months back I was commissioned to do a Mosaic piece for an acquaintance of mine. She had just been married this year to the love of her life and wanted a Christmas/ Wedding gift for him. They recently moved to Vermont, her home state, and where he had never lived before. She said that he loved gardening and the natural beauty of the land here. Who doesn't! It is just beautiful, every season of the year. She asked for gardens and Vermont landscape during the 4 seasons of the year. We went over a few ideas for layout and some of his favorite plants. She mentioned that they had planted a Birch Tree in their yard as a symbol of their marriage.
This is a design theme that I have always wanted to do. The 4 seasons in New England. Having been in Arizona and California for so many years I always missed the dramatic season change and it has not lost it's charm on me in the 4 years I have been back East. Designing this piece took me a bit. Originally I had the classic 4 squares lined up. Designing a commission for me can be tough in that I cannot force it. The idea needs to evolve in it's own time and eventually it just happens. Not good for deadlines! My husband reminds me every time when I say, "I have no idea where to start" that it will come to me. And it always does.
Vermont seasons flow into one another if you are conscious of your natural surroundings. If you are not paying attention then the changes happen while you blink. All of a sudden it is Winter and you hear, "When the heck did that happen?". But truly they evolve into one another and I wanted to capture that.
|Skye, Evan and Dixie|
Thanks to Skye and Evan for sharing your Christmas morning with us!