Logo Jill Steenhuis

Le Blog

Almond Blossoms

Almond blossoms at l’Abeille – photo credit Jimmy Ruffato

For the Samurai, it is the fragile cherry blossom that has been chosen as their truest symbol. I understand this.

For me, today it is the almond blossom: a petal dropping in the morning sunlight and floating in its own path to the earth.

In the same way so must I detach myself from life, silent and unmoved. “I shall not want” and the miracle comes as an epiphany.

The gift of new creation is moitié humain, moitié divin: half human, half divine.

Becoming the almond blossom

Celebrating the almond blossom in a painting immortalises the fragile blossom, reminding us of how precious life is. I see the blossoms; I contemplate the path of the petals as they leave the branches and become part of the sky. Each petal is free, transported by the wind to a destiny not known, not planned, in the hands of the Holy Spirit. I shall not want, I say to myself. I paint. I become the almond blossom. I celebrate. And then the earth receives the petals. It was so short, but it is not over. The almond will come.

 

 

 

WOULD YOU LIKE TO COME PAINT IN PROVENCE?

Jill would love to have you join a workshop.

Click here to learn more!