Art from the heart of Mary Jo Leisure, feeling and experiencing the inspiration that surrounds her life, she shares her joy of painting, what inspires her to create and challanges you to see the beauty around you, reflecting the inspiration in your artwork.

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Painting is an expression of one's feelings. It can take you to another place at another time. Art comes from your heart, mind and soul. I hope you will enjoy reading My Diary of a Painter. I write periodically so I hope you will visit often My desire is for you to feel and experience the inspiration that is all around you.


Today I Brought Home Pansies

I am ready for spring.
It is sill cold,
even ice on the streets in Kansas City today.
When I opened the door to go out this morning,
my hope of spring was
the chorus of birds singing all around me.
They sounded happy
the sun was shinning.
I went looking for color.
Where else but my favorite nursery.
Nothing was outside
when I opened the door
I found another world... plants...
color...real color...vibrant...
plants inside waiting for warm weather,
waiting for someone like me to take them home.
I headed for the pansies.
They like cool weather.
Their petals were beautiful,
big, with lots of movement and ruffles.
Gorgeous colors,
purple, yellow, white, rust, salmon, blue.
They were waiting for me.
They knew I would take them home.
My mind was designing.
Yes, any of these colors would look good on gray.
I headed home with
two boxes of plants.
Today I brought home pansies,
tomorrow I will be painting them.

Mary Jo Leisure, March 12, 2009

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Mary Jo Leisure, Decorative Artist, Pleasanton, Kansas