I Bought Myself Flowers: Little World

Lauren Brumbach


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I Bought Myself Flowers: Little World

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I bought myself flowers. To liven up our home and to add color. I also intend to create a few still life’s of the arrangement (still do) but when I sat with them this weekend I saw deeper worlds of color, line, curve, petal and stem. This piece is an introduction to the small world within my flowers. I’ve also been reading a lot of Mary Oliver. Funny how things align isn’t it? Her words inspire and encourage me to look closer at the world around me. To listen to what God's creation is saying. I find it’s saying a lot of simple and wonder-filled things. I’m working on paying attention. Painting and observing, questioning and wondering. ”to pay attention, this is our endless and proper work.” Mary Oliver

11"H × 14"W × 0.12"D
Oil paint on bristol paper


My work seeks to create safe places driven by love and grace. Split between representational work and abstract pieces, my paintings unpack relationships between humanness and our living natural world. My paintings are visual expressions of a poem, a song or a prayer — the colorful manifestation of still moments. Where I grew up has a particularly rich impact on the subject matter of my representational paintings. The lifestyle in my hometown is slower, the landscape seems to set still both time and people. In a day and age that feels like we are rushing through our days and forgetting to be present, I want to remind us of a place where "rush" doesn't exist - there is only the fields, the farm, and the creeks. My entire painting practice is about paying attention to small still moments. When I'm painting, i'm listening. How are the colors interacting? what are these soft whispers saying and why?

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