Posts Tagged ‘flowers’

Summer Solstice Flowers

Posted on: June 21st, 2013 by jmbroekman


More sketchbook drawings

Summer is officially here. While I mourn the reversal this solstice brings – days getting shorter (albeit slowly, thankfully), I do celebrate the extended warmer days of summer. The late afternoon light, which lingers until after 8:00 casts lovely long shadows across the fields around here. The flowers are blooming right on schedule. Iris’, peonies, evening primrose. The gardens are a riot of color. So welcome after the long grey winter! A few more drawings are on my FB page: JMBroekmanArtandDesign.


May Flowers

Posted on: May 30th, 2013 by jmbroekman 6 Comments




Sketchbook drawings

Spring is trying to arrive. The flowers are optimistic, but until today it has been feeling a lot like late winter. Evidently the sketchbook watercolor class found it’s way under my skin. I am still compelled by my new found skills with pen and watercolor. These are drawings I never would’ve imagined possible from my hand. So there you have it, never say never.


Posted on: April 16th, 2013 by jmbroekman 6 Comments

Purple crocuses for my sister

Today I am lighting a candle both for my sister and for all of those whose lives have been forever impacted by the events in Boston yesterday. I’m not sure at this point, which is making me more sad. But, from a photo I saw posted on FaceBook, which was evidently projected on to the outside of BAM in NY:

Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that.

I’m keeping that in mind and heart, today and always.


Posted on: April 16th, 2012 by jmbroekman 3 Comments

Giant purple stone vase …

for my sister who died seven years ago today. Loss continues to have a loud voice inside my head, and yet there are still few words to describe the inexplicable. I think of her every time I order anchovy pizza; and she comes to mind whenever I see a purple flower blooming. How did empty become so substantially solid?

I spent most of last week trying to make a drawing for Kukla. Whether or not she would’ve liked any of what I did is still a big question mark in my mind. Che ne so (what do I know)? Maybe it’s not so much what death takes away that causes so much difficulty, but what it leaves behind: all those unanswered questions.

Regardless of what she might’ve thought about the drawings, the wisteria, no doubt, would’ve made her smile.


Festa Della Donna

Posted on: March 8th, 2012 by jmbroekman 2 Comments

Oggi e la giornata internazionale della donna.

As stated in Wikipedia: it’s a day to remember the social, political, and economic conquests of women, as well as the discriminations and violence that are still in evidence against women in many parts of the world. In Italy the day is celebrated with Mimosa flowers. And, right on schedule, the Mimosa trees are in full bloom. When we were in Rome 4 years ago on March 4th there were mimosa cakes in all the pastry shop windows. I’ve not seen them yet in Foligno, but I’ve not yet been out this morning.

Here’s wishing you a bright sunny day of the women – may we all continue to move forward in creating a peaceful world where equality and justice for all prevails.