Okra Blossom by Joan Chamberlain
Original Mixed Media on Specialty Paper
“Okra Blossom” is part of a series I call “Ripening”. It was inspired by a particular visit to my community garden one spring. After many April showers, we had an explosion of leafy growth, which I experienced as beautiful green shapes and textures throughout the garden. Nothing had bloomed yet, but there was a succulence and anticipation that almost vibrated as I walked among the rows. Then one day, I saw the first blush of color from a delicate okra blossom, which preceded the explosion of okra. I wanted this series to showcase that experience of seeing the fruits of your labor emerge from a canopy of green.