This year’s early spring was the inspiration for a monthly ElderSparks program celebrating the new growth that is now bursting forth in our gardens. In lieu of potting soil and seedlings, participants were introduced to flower paintings by Emil Nolde and Georgia O’Keeffe (with squash blossoms sneaking in by horticultural error), and given background information about the artists. Afterwards, each worked with an incomplete version of one of the paintings, filling in missing sections using crayons or markers. Some were able to work independently while others were helped by aides, visiting family members, or ElderSparks.

Below are samples of the work they produced, beginning with O’Keeffe’s Squash Blossoms, followed by Nolde’s Red Poppies.

(Click on images to enlarge.)

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An aide helped take the Nolde in a whimsical direction I hadn’t seen before:

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Two women chose to work with a Mondrian that was offered in case anyone had allergies :)

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