Monday, June 11, 2012

Raindrops on Roses

Happy Monday, all! Hope the sun is shining where you are. The horrid weather that hit us last week was great for staying inside and working my way through the pile of painting projects that had stacked up on my desk -- but the record-setting rainfall was murder on our poor roses.

I watched as the poor things drooped and sighed, like fairy princes in their finery, shut out of the castle by an evil queen on a dark, stormy night. 

Their delicate complexions spoiled like a couture ball gown carelessly left out in the rain. 

But as I watched them through the breakfast nook window, shivering through the the showers, hoping for a brighter day... 

They may have looked disheveled, soggy and a bit spoiled... 

But they still inspired. 

I hoped for sunny days ahead for all our sakes...

And they helped me express my heart-felt appreciation through some hand-painted and long overdue thank you notes. 

This week, it looks like the rain drops have stopped for at a few days at least. I know I am thankful... and I suspect the roses are, too. 

What are you thankful for on this June Monday? 


  1. Thankful to have met you in person... despite the rain! Such fun to visit Seattle and as they say in Paris, "apres la pluie, le beau temps!" Here's hoping the sun will shine for you this week, Jeanne.

  2. We are having rain right now in Kansas city, much needed. It is hard on the fresh blooms though!

    Art by Karena

  3. love your cards!

    happy new week.


  4. Flower are gorgeous whether from nature or a drawing!

  5. Jeanne, You are a great writer and artist! You work is impeccable. I love watercolor, and it is certainly not forgiving, making it a difficult medium. You seem to have conquered that.
    Hope that your roses get a second chance.
    Happy Monday.

  6. Thank goodness I was busy preparing for the upcoming trip and planning a 6th grade graduation party last week. I never got a chance to look outside. I am glad you did, however, and look at the creative and lovely things you created in spite of the rain. Here's to a sunnier week! Veronique (French GIrl in Seattle)

  7. our flowers did suffer through the rains, but I have to say they are looking pretty now. Your orange rose image is beautiful, as all of your paintings, naturally! xo ebh

  8. Gorgeous cards Jeanne! This sun is really wonderful isn't it? I'm so happy too because my husband's brother and wife fly in from Munich today so they will see Seattle at its best!!! :)

  9. gorgeous petals...the painted ones and the real ones

  10. Turning a cloudy time into something so beautiful--how much that says about your character, Jeanne. And really is there nothing in the works to sell your pieces? You know that I will keep insisting, unfortunately. :)

    I replied chez moi but wanted to say thank you here for your always considerate replies. Much appreciated!

    Hoping your roses recover...

  11. when i returned home my roses were gorgeous but so many had fallen apart due to (the rain?) so i was out pruning and pruning until i had to come in and lay down! LOVE your sweet roses......xoxoxo



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