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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.


What I See Today

It was time for a cup of coffee,
so I headed outside
to the garden,
coffee in one hand
and a magazine in the other.
That didn't last long.
I didn't even open the magazine.
There was too much to enjoy
even in my yard.
Setting in a comfy lawn chair,
feeling, seeing and hearing what surrounded me;
the breeze blowing the leaves against my legs;
the grass a bright rich beautiful green;
white puffy clouds against
the huge sky;
several shades of white
several shades of blue;
I could look forever.
The fire pit suggesing roasting marshmallows,
maybe tonight.
Even as the garden fades,
it is still beautiful.
Colors are a little duller and
the petals are drying and curling up,
a little torn and brown on the edges.
New buds are still on some,
reminding me there will be color until frost.
The orange Cosmo's are still bright
and they continue to grow taller and taller
gracefully moving in the breeze.
They will go to sleep all winter
and be back bright and colorful
again next year.
My patches of Zinnias
bring back memories.
The White Zinnia garden
is still in full bloom
hugging the deck
and bordered with White Periwinkle
and shares space with White Cosmos.
The White garden is a favorite
definitely planned again for next year,
only more.
As I look around I still have
Red and White Geraniums.
The White and Coral Impatients are still
thriving in big beautiful mounds
in the rock garden.
The Ivy, Ground Cover, Elephant Ears
add shape and movement and beautiful greens
The Strawbery plant
still looking beautiful without strawberries.
The Ageratum is showing off its purple.
The Marigolds are top of the garden right now.
The Blue Salvia is standng tall,
showing off.
The Crepe Myrtle is still in full bloom,
a vibrant
very intense pink.
The roses are few
but still have buds.
I am ready to add the pumpkins
and scarecrows to the landscape.
What I see today
helps me make plans for tomorrow.
What I see today inspires me to design and paint tomorrow.

Mary Jo Leisure, Monday, September 14, 2009

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Mary Jo Leisure, Decorative Artist, Pleasanton, Kansas