Matt's Bird
Matt’s Bird


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“MATT’S BIRD” is in original watercolor painting by Matthew Brown resident of the Peach State, Georgia. Due to his condition, Matthew has to lie down and cannot sit up for more than 10 minutes at a time. This greeting card was reproduced from an original artwork by Matthew brown for THASC Sales Co. THASC has employed a unique group of handicapped artists who create art to help rehabilitate themselves.

As a lover of the Renaissance, the first thing that comes to mind when I hear the word “Spring” is Sandro Botticelli’s amazing painting of the Allegory of Spring or “Primavera” now housed in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. Painted around 1482, Botticelli’s “Spring” is one of the most admired paintings in the world, a true masterpiece. Botticelli was commissioned by the ruling Medici family to do the painting. “Primavera” is a very refined work of art incorporating hundreds of flowers, elegant figures and skillful painting. Each time I visit Florence, I go to see it and it never fails to take my breath away.

Botticelli’s “Primavera”

Living in the Northeast and having endured a very hard winter this year, makes the anticipation of Spring even more exciting. It has been so long since I have seen a beautiful flower or tree in bloom that I sometimes forget that there is really lovely vegetation waiting to burst through all this snow.

Flowers from my garden:

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Mom’s marigolds

I always wished I had had a green thumb like my Mom and her sister Cammie. They both had beautiful gardens. It was one of their passions every Spring to plant. My Mom’s signature flowers were the circle of marigolds that was at the back door and greeted everyone who arrived at our house. I’ve tried and tried to duplicate it, but I just don’t have the knack!! She also had these beautiful baby carnations that smelled so lovely right at the entrance of the door. My friend Ruth still remembers the scent every time she visits me. I have looked everywhere for baby carnations but have had no luck.

What would Spring be like if there wasn’t the chirping of birds? THASC’s artist today, Matthew Brown’s BIRD, has reminded me of the real signal of the arrival of Spring. We always had bird feeders in the back yard. I still do! Mom’s favorite bird was the red cardinal, which I see even now pop in once in a while in winter. We have all sorts of birds and bees that take care of my beautiful garden inviting us once again that it time to smell the fresh air. It is time to smell Spring.

More flowers from my garden:

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How many of you have gardens or things to share about Spring? I’ll await your comments!

Have a lovely weekend with thoughts of Spring!

See you next Tuesday,

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2 thoughts on “Spring

  1. Dana Burdick February 26, 2015 / 7:01 am


    Matthew Browns painting is amazing, so beautiful. He’s talented, It goes to show you that, you can over come any obstacle In life,even with an illness. Well, winter has been a long one, that’s for show. And the snow keeps piling up, and yes it could take into June to melt, because there hasn’t been much sun lately. Well, l can’t wait for spring, l have had enough of this Weather. I can’t can’t speak for any one else, but, l hope everyone feels the same way. I can’t wait to start my garden, it’s so colorful and amazing, that you would just have to see it for your self. I grew many delicious vegetables. I don’t have to much of a green thumb when it comes to flowers. But last year, my flowers came so beautiful, they blossomed so beautiful, that you just had to see them. Your mothers flower garden was a gift, that you should keep doing. The colors, were in eyeful to see! Spring will be here before you know it, keep praying that spring arrives soon.The birds will be back before you know it, to lift your spirits, and cheer you up with there song. Maria hang in there, we are almost done with this winter, just keep praying.


    • Maria February 26, 2015 / 10:10 am

      Dana, the one thing I regret it that i can’t do my Dad’s old vegetable garden anymore by myself. Perhaps I can hire someone to do it for me. I love eating fresh vegetables from the garden! I’ve seen yours and they are spectacular!!
      I am so happy my Mom’s flowers come back each year, but I am still looking for the baby carnations!!!! I think we have all had enough of the snow hear and are all waiting in anticipation for those first shoots to peek through the ground!!! I love Matt’s bird on the blog which really closes the deal on Spring. Can’t wait for the chirping. And , yes, you are right! You certainly do anything you want as long AS YOU PUT YOUR MIND TO IT. THANKS, MATT! and thank you, Dana!!! C’mon March 8th!!!!!


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