Colors of Spring

Colors of Spring
Colors of Spring

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“Colors of Spring” is an original oil painting by Robert Woltanski, resident of the Keystone State, Pennsylvania. Robert is a Quadriplegic and paints with a brush held in his mouth.This greeting card was reproduced from an original artwork by Robert Woltanski for THASC Sales Co. which has employed a unique group of handicapped artists who create art to help rehabilitate themselves. They gain self-respect and pride through their artwork.
“Colors of Spring” is an original oil painting by Robert Woltanski, resident of the Keystone State, Pennsylvania. Robert is a Quadriplegic and paints with a brush held in his mouth.This greeting card was reproduced from an original artwork by Robert Woltanski for THASC Sales Co. which has employed a unique group of handicapped artists who create art to help rehabilitate themselves. They gain self-respect and pride through their artwork.

As I was driving through my neighborhood this morning I noticed that almost everyone in my community had manicured lawns and bushes with pretty flowers in a row. All except one. This house was a replica of Robert Woltanski’s garden in his greeting card painting above. Instead of a lawn there were tons of wild flowers all growing together and I wished that I had done the same thing with my front lawn: colors upon colors, all different lengths and sizes and so simply beautiful and so unique.

“Viottolone”
“Viottolone”

When I was in Florence 2 weeks ago I visited the Palazzo Pitti,
the Palace of the Medici family who were the rulers of Florence during the Renaissance. The Palace was bought by Cosimo I’s wife Eleonora di Toledo and after being greatly enlarged, became the Medici family’s new residence. Despite its imperial dominance and décor, the Palace is not as admired as its grounds, the Giardini di Boboli, or the Boboli Gardens The development of the Gardens span 400 years from the 15th to the 19th centuries. One of the highlights is the “Viottolone” pictured to the right.

As you can see, the Viottolone , or large avenue, leads all the way to the large pond called the “Isolotto”. Perseus on horseback is emerging from the pond. Another beautiful fountain is “Neptune’s Fountain, pictured below and called “The Fork” by Florentines because of his trident.

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20150528_114439The Boboli Gardens offer the perfect place to escape the hot summer days in Florence. The side avenues off the Viottolone offer the perfect spots to relax and enjoy the tranquility of the Gardens.

Most of our own gardens offer the same place of relaxation on a much smaller scale than the famous Boboli, and Robert Woltanski brings each of us through his THASC greeting card to the special place outside our back (or in some cases, front) door.

Have a lovely Spring weekend in your garden or backyard.
See you on Tuesday with another recipe from THASC’s kitchen.

Ciao a presto. See you soon!

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-Maria

THASC is a unique small American business producing cards and other promotional products.
www.thasc.com

Spring

Spring
Spring

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“SPRING” is an original watercolor painting by Janice Peroni, resident of the Garden State, New Jersey. Janice is a Quadriplegic and is aided by the use of a wheelchair. Janice paints with the restricted use of her arms and hands. Her paintings come alive with color and movement. This greeting card was reproduced from an original artwork by Janice Peroni for THASC Sales Co. who has employed a unique group of handicapped artists who create art to help rehabilitate themselves. They gain self-respect and pride through their artwork.
“SPRING” is an original watercolor painting by Janice Peroni, resident of the Garden State, New Jersey. Janice is a Quadriplegic and is aided by the use of a wheelchair. Janice paints with the restricted use of her arms and hands. Her paintings come alive with color and movement. This greeting card was reproduced from an original artwork by Janice Peroni for THASC Sales Co. who has employed a unique group of handicapped artists who create art to help rehabilitate themselves. They gain self-respect and pride through their artwork.

The happiest time of year for most New Englanders who abhor winter is the arrival of Spring. The sudden bursts of plants and flowers making their way through the still somewhat solid ground is inspiring that finally we will have some reprieve from the cold and snow.

20140509_144237-2When I first saw Janice Peroni’s painting, it immediately brought me back to the lilacs that my Mom loved so much. They were not the first to bloom so we all waited patiently for their lovely scent. My parents had them planted in specific places, one of them being right outside the bedroom windows. We all knew when they arrived as that distinct scent came flowing threw the half-opened windows to wake us up.

One of the sad things about Spring is that it doesn’t last very long. The flowers, that is. To have six long months of a barren winter compared to about three weeks of flowers, seems just not fair, but that is probably why we relish it so much. My favorite flower has always been the rose, but originally there were no roses in my back yard. Other gorgeous flowers like lilacs, sunflowers, hyacinths, daffodils, irises, lily of the valley and azaleas covered most of the garden beds.

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When I bought my childhood home back after thirty-five years, one of the first things I wanted to do was to plant roses….and roses I did. Roses are late bloomers, which was for me a good thing because I always had them in the end after most of the others were gone. I planted them everywhere: wherever I could find an open spot. After having been away almost a month, when I lifted my blinds I was so surprised to see a garden full of roses!

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So I notice my calendar that says June 16th and I know we officially have 5 more days of Spring and all its beauty. The grass and bushes around the house are green and full again.
The warm temperatures remind us that summer is finally arriving in New England.

Janice Peroni must have thought the same thing when she painted her watercolor of lilacs and roses. For me a perfect combination for Spring.

Please join me and the precious people of THASC Sales Co. again
on Thursday for more lovely visions of life.
Until then…Enjoy the last days of Spring!

-Maria

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THASC is a unique small American business producing cards and other promotional products.
www.thasc.com