"Spring" Copyright 2013 Jessica Boehman. Colored pencil and pencil.
I made this picture for an old friend in Ohio to celebrate three generations of family. Her grandmothers and grandfathers are found in the daffodil, the iris, and the tulips; she and her husband in the robins, her three sons and her daughter in the bunnies, and her little angel in the butterfly, the old symbol of the soul. She said her grandmother loved the Spring, so I used the flowers of the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, already lush and beautiful in late April, as inspiration for my picture.
Spring in New York has been a slowly unfolding delight this year, cooler than most years, and given to huge blooms and streets turned pink from fallen blossoms. I hope it will mean a cooler summer than the last.
I'm not sure the colors are quite exact; indeed, I may need professional scanners for my color work, but at this late hour, it will do.
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