"Paris Backyard Retreat"
oil, 6 x 6in on canvas panel
Do you remember reading the book "The Secret Garden"?
I first carried the thick pale green book home from my school library when I was eleven.
I was so mesmerized by it. Visions of walled gardens, tangles of roses, hidden ---just waiting for me. To this day, it is one of my favorite reads ever.
This little secret garden is right here in Paris. It's also the home of Ozzie, a cat I painted back in the fall of 2009. Ted and Gretchen have created a naturalized area just outside their door that is teeming with birds, butterflies and 3 cats. The day I was there I could have been a million miles from home. So quiet, the hum of bees, sunshine playing hide and seek amongst all the plantings---a very special place. Sometimes we don't have to travel far to feel like we have run away! Thank you Ted and Gretchen for creating such a special place on the earth....and for having open hearts to share it.