It has been said that the promise of a bountiful Summer harvest is kept by the hard work of Spring. Here in the Pacific Northwest, Spring can also feel like its own culminating moment. It's a time where we start to notice the growth that lays just below the surface; just like us, the natural world had been making use of the rainy season to provide itself with the energy needed for a lush and embracing transformation.
And then it begins.
Wildflower explosions spread throughout our green forests and spectacular neighborhood displays greet us on our walks and rides to work and play. The inspiration can be overwhelming. This post is dedicated to those who harness that inspiration and make works that persist despite the season. The works themselves are a 'Spring' (of sorts) for those of us seeking their vibrance year around.
Although wildly different in motivation and intention, the works of artists like Erik Madigan Heck and Taryn Simon can illicit similar responses when placed in this context. Their brave use of color is an inspired guide to directing the energy of our surrounding transformation within.