These pieces were actually developed from reference photos I took while visiting Dale Chihuly's exhibit at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden in 2006. I began them sometime while living in Newton, NJ, but like so many of my art starts, they were left unfinished due to other projects or family obligations that took over. I'm not one that easily lets go of an idea, especially once it's begun. I feel the urge to resolve it so that I can then let it go. I'm pleased to say after a burst of focus I completed both of them and they are now available for purchase through my online store.
I'll leave you with The Dragonfly, by poet Louise Bogan, 1897-1970, who was considered by many to be one of the most accomplished female poet of the 20th century. Learn more about her through the Poetry Foundation.
You are made of almost nothing
But of enough
To be great eyes
And diaphanous double vans;
To be ceaseless movement,
Link between water and air,
Earth repels you.
Light touches you only to shift into iridescence
Upon your body and wings.
You split into the heat.
Swift beyond calculation or capture
You dart into the shadow
Which consumes you.
You rocket into the day.
But at last, when the wind flattens the grasses,
For you, the design and purpose stop.
And you fall
With the other husks of summer.