Wednesday, July 16, 2008

You Belong Among the Wildflowers

Wildflowers pencil illustration digital color by Lani Mathis of GreenSpaceGoodsIllustration Friday: "Enough". When I've finally had "enough", this is where I want to end up.

You belong among the wildflowers
You belong in a boat out at sea

Sail away, kill off the hours

You belong somewhere you feel free

When I was 11, my mom decided we were going to Ohio to visit my Aunt and Uncle. You can imagine the amount of enthusiasm I met the journey with at that age, knowing that we'd be spending our vacation in the country with mostly cows for company. What I didn't know at the time was that I'd fall in love with sights, the smells (not the cow smell of course), and the overall feeling of peace there. It's just different. The mountains and the fields are just bigger, greener, and more wonderful. You can feel something in the wind there that speaks to your soul. We went back every year until I went off to college. My fondest memory was sneaking out of the house with my mom and riding around the countryside getting lost and exploring little towns. Among the dime stores, junk shops, yard sales, and everything in between, I think we felt a freedom we didn't feel back home. We didn't have anywhere to be, or anyone to answer to. We just laughed and enjoyed each other's company.

These days, my mom and I don't get to spend much time together. But a few weeks ago, I got to go back to Ohio for the first time in about eight years. She had already driven up from Georgia prior to my arrival and met me at the airport. The trip to my Aunt's house was about three hours long, and I wasn't terribly surprised when she made a "wrong" turn. There's no telling if she did it on purpose or not, but regardless, we had a lot of fun getting lost again. With Tom Petty blasting from the CD player and the dust kicking up behind the car, I think we both got a long overdue adventure. Here's to you mom. I hope to do it again soon :)

You belong among the wildflowers
You belong somewhere close to me
Far away from your trouble and worries

You belong somewhere you feel free

Wildflowers pencil illustration digital color by Lani Mathis of GreenSpaceGoods(Illustration Detail- Wildflowers -pencil, digital color by Lani Mathis- Wildflower lyrics by Tom Petty)

9 comments:

Nicole said...

This is a beautiful illustration--

brightonEarly said...

I agree with nicole...GORGEOUS!

Art By MAR said...

That is a gorgeous illustration. I have always admired your pendants too!

murphy girl said...

what a lovely story! beautiful image, too

Chucka Stone Designs said...

This is just lovely. The drawing, the poetry, the story and the way you shared your time with your mom. Thanks for making me smile :)

Bella Sinclair said...

Beautiful and elegant illustration, warm and lovely story!

INDIGENE said...

Lovely and elegant illustration. The poetry is wonderful. Great job!

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GreenSpaceGoods said...

Thank you, but I can't take credit for the poem. It's actually taken from "Wildflowers" by Tom Petty, one of the songs my mom and I used to listen to a lot in the car. It's also the main inspiration for the illustration.

tanaudel said...

I really like the sweeping lines of this in the face and the flowers.

 

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