Glowing Lanterns

Primavera, 30 x 40" Oil painting by Ann Trusty
Primavera, 30 x 40″ Oil painting by Ann Trusty

Long-time readers of Perspectives know that we sometimes write about inspiring or interesting subjects we discover while on our walks in the country near our home, and today was one of those moments. Our weather is extremely variable, so warm days in March and April are not unusual. However, this makes it hard to tell when winter ends and spring begins most years. But today, we knew that spring has officially arrived with the blooming of the first Narcissus in the forest.

We are exceptionally fortunate to have Brian, a world-class plantsman, living next door. Over the years he has quietly been planting these beautiful bulbs on both of our adjoining properties. While most everything else in nature is still sleeping, these jovial little blooms have the entire dance floor to themselves. What a simple, yet joyful thing it is to see their bright yellow heads nodding in the warm morning air, signaling to all of us that it is time to shed our winter blues. We wrote in Perspectives No. 259 – Glowing Embers, “. . . winter is the time when we need to draw deeply on our inner resources and sense of purpose as artists.” Now, as we have drawn down that particular bank account, we are ready to be filled again with the energies of nature.

Daffodils blooming means the signs of Spring are here.
Daffodils blooming means the signs of Spring are here.

Brian has generously sprinkled these daffodils along the driveways, peppered the open meadows with random clumps and even made large rings around some of the biggest trees here and there. His investment of time and energy is solely to bring beauty and delight to the eye. No matter that these little yellow and white lanterns won’t last long—their very presence in the landscape is reason enough to have them, and we celebrate their appearance with flower portraits each year. What a luxury it is to have fresh cut flowers in the studio! And once again, nature, has used her light touch to inspire us just when we need it most.

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John Hulsey and his wife, Ann Trusty created the website, The Artist's Road - Painting the World's Beautiful Places.  The Artist's Road inspires with practical art tips and painting techniques for the traveling artist, video painting tutorials and demonstrations, workshop resources, artist profiles and interviews and remarkable painting locations.  The Artist's Road is an artist community for oil, watercolor and pastel artists.  Articles cover intriguing art travel experiences artists have had while painting the world's beautiful places. "I believe I must speak through my art, for the preservation of Nature and the natural landscape from which I take my inspiration and living." John Hulsey is an accomplished artist, author and teacher who has been working professionally for over thirty years. In addition to producing new work for exhibition and teaching workshops, Mr. Hulsey continues to write educational articles about painting for national art magazines, including Watercolor magazine and American Artist Magazine. He has been selected as a "Master Painter of the United States" by International Artist Magazine where his work was previously chosen to be included in the top ten of their international landscape painting competition. He was awarded residencies at Yosemite, Glacier and Rocky Mountain National Parks. "I strive in my art to celebrate the mysteries of Nature - the fleeting light on the landscape, the unimaginable diversity of creatures, the beauty of each leaf and flower." Ann Trusty  is an accomplished third generation artist whose work embodies the natural world and is created through direct observation and translation of her subjects into her paintings. She has found inspiration in the dancing light across the water of the Hudson River (where she had a studio for ten years), as well as the big sky and waving tall grasses of the open plains of the Midwest (her current home). Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States, France and Turkey in both museum and gallery exhibitions, and has been reviewed favorably by the New York Times.