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Flowers from my mother's garden (early summer 2013)

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My Mother died in October 2013 and a couple of months later I spent some time at her house in Taihape, NZ, sorting her effects. It was early summer and her wonderful garden was flowering. My mother's garden was a sight to behold and I kept bringing in another bunch of flowers to paint. If I had flowers like this in my garden I would be painting flowers day and night.

While I painted these flowers I listened to Wagner's Ring Cycle from beginning to end. I wondered later why I was so exhausted but now, re-discovering these paintings, I realise it was an epic journey. (My Mother painted the yellow roses at the bottom.)

Left: yellow roses, painted by my mother, Ruth Gordon  

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