My Camellia Dream

Karen LaFontaine Fine Art, Artist's Journal, My Camellia Dream
My Camellia Dream Photograph by Karen LaFontaine

Upon Awakening

One day I decided to plant a prized garden treasure, a red camellia bush that identifies by the name, Tom Knudsen, in my garden. On planting day, this beautiful bush, around eighteen inches in height, sported lustrous emerald green leaves and a pair of brilliant red flowers, making it a true gardener’s gift.

In the weeks that followed, my new garden addition, Tom Knudsen, languished where I planted him by the side of our home. Despite the abundance of watering and feeding I lavished upon my new friend, my camellia remained unchanged in size, staying his little bitty self.

And yet… in my camellia dream… deep in the night… I tended to hundreds of camellia blooms flowering on Jack in the Beanstalk sized branches, on hundreds of bushes.

Upon fully awakening, I came to know, my camellia surely needed a friend to keep him in good company.

The following spring, heeding the message sent in my dream, a new, tender pink camellia, named Herme, arrived like all my garden additions, in the back seat of my car. Just eighteen inches in height, sporting soft pink flower petals, I planted her a couple feet from Tom Knudsen, feeling certain she would provide the companionship and cross-pollination needed for flourishing.

Years later, my deep in the night, camellia dream, is now a living, joy filled experience. My family’s pair of camellia bushes tower well above our heads, stretching toward the sky, reaching some twelve feet in height. Each year, hundreds of spectacular blooms, in hybrid shades of red and pink, cascade down branches with emerald green leaves, and instill in me, both wonder and inspiration.

A painter, a photographer, a nature lover, a student of our natural world, I treasure the abundant mysteries found in my garden. Stepping outside my front door to experience My Camellia Dream, I endeavor to capture it for all time and to share it with you.

My Camellia Dream a black and white study
My Camellia Dream a black and white study on Arches oil paper

Thank you for visiting with me in my Artist’s Journal, On The Easel. I love sharing the inspiration for a summer of painting with you! Article image is a detail from my photograph entitled, My Camellia Dream, one of the many garden themed photographs that inspire my painting this summer!

 Be well, Karen LaFontaine

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