Seeds of Change

“Seeds of Change” 8″ x 10″, Oil on canvas

During the pre-election days this fall I worked on this 8’ x 10” oil painting which I titled “Seeds of Change”. The art piece was initially intended to be a happy, bright painting of beautiful apple blossoms. However as talk of bitterness, fear and hatred reverberated everywhere, my painting of these beautiful flowers became grayer and duller until ultimately the blossoms became almost entirely grey. Needless to say the words of hate and divisiveness that were being bantered about negatively affected me. I felt helpless, disillusioned and sad during this most shocking of presidential elections. What happened to caring, compassion and our democratic ways of relating and conversing?

I looked at my depressing painting after the election and thought about it and the title it had been given….”Seeds of Change” and I could see the tiny potential seeds within the flowers. I knew that seeds provide beauty and nourishment. I was also aware that numerous groups were being formed and voicing concern about misplaced values and global warming denying. These voices were having a positive effect.

Then it occurred to me that there could be yet another way to help make American beautiful again. We could all go out and plant seeds…real seeds…everywhere! The beauty of the flowers and the nourishment from the food could help revitalize our eyes and bodies! We could all become Johnny and Mary Appleseeds!! We could maybe even plant more food than we need to help those who don’t have food! We could plant healthy herbs! Spring is in the air—and now is the time to madly spread lots and lots of seeds!

Let’s go and make America beautiful again!

While researching organic and non-GMO seed sources, I even found an organic company called Seeds of Change!

Some other sources are:

You can also make “seed balls” to disperse seeds in your yard or throw in the wild.

  • Karen Weihs

    March 9, 2017at6:10 am Reply

    Chris brought NZ flower seeds he collected from Millbrook. Will see how they grow.

  • Mary Shisler

    March 10, 2017at5:44 am Reply

    Mary Lou, I love the ideas. I have bought seeds from Seeds of Change. They are good seeds. Mary

  • Gina Murphy-Darling

    March 10, 2017at6:11 am Reply

    Once again your words inspire me and your beautiful work brings me joy. Thank you for talking about hope and for your call to action.

  • Pat Palmer

    March 10, 2017at3:07 pm Reply

    What a clear example you provide for transforming despair and dread into fuel for aliveness and growth and beauty Mary Lou. We all need to find ways that suit us personally for doing that. Our emotions are also powerful seeds of change as they are felt everywhere by others and indeed invite and contribute to how our world unfolds…thank you! And – I have tomato seeds I am now going to plant today!

  • Jill Nichols

    March 10, 2017at5:03 pm Reply

    Thank you Mary, of course I was recently thinking about seeds and darkness and you crossed my mind.. We have been dormant, laying out the winter in the darkness, resting- now it is time to rise and grow. I will be sending you a new blog shortly-as you might expect it is closely related…it is about my painting Phi making its debut at the Nasty Women’s Art Exhibition..

  • Suzanne (Maxwell)

    March 10, 2017at6:03 pm Reply

    What a beautiful idea, planting seeds to beautify homes and gardens everywhere. I love to grow flowers and veggies, not only non GMO, but also non-nic (no Roundup). My roses should be bountiful from our mild winter.

  • Renee Phillips

    May 13, 2017at4:38 pm Reply

    Mary Lou, thank you for sharing your creative process and inspiration and this extraordinary painting “Seeds of Change”. As always, you display a mastery of color and composition. Although I understand your feelings that guided the work, I must express that when I view this painting, I don’t find it to be depressing at all. The painting exudes a gentle rhythm that I find to be comforting and harmonious. .And, the suggestion you offer for us to plant new seeds, both literally and figuratively is truly inspirational and hopeful. That is what I prefer to see when I view this work of art.

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