Red Poppies on Blue . Pressed Flowers .

Red Poppies on Blue © by Laurie Justus Pace 2008

Red Poppies on Blue © by Laurie Justus Pace 2008

“Isn't it odd how much fatter a book gets when you've read it several times?" Mo had said..."As if something were left between the pages every time you read it. Feelings, thoughts, sounds, smells...and then, when you look at the book again many years later, you find yourself there, too, a slightly younger self, slightly different, as if the book had preserved you like a pressed flower...both strange and familiar.” Cornelia Funke

Flower and books... pressing the memories forever. I remember doing it as a young child several times. I love finding pressed roses in older family Bibles. Cornelia is so spot on... we actually leave part of us pressed in that book with the memory and the feelings we had at the time.

In our handed down family Bibles there are pressed flowers, newspaper memorials, and written notes. They are sweet ties to the past filled with moments and family times spent together. We also found birth announcements and death proclamations. Terry's grandmother always dated the areas she was reading with small notes in the margin. When I saw this close to 25 years ago, I began doing my own Bible the same way.

I feel that way about my paintings and the emotions and thoughts I had when doing those. This was painted probably about 2007 or 2008. It was the second in a small series of three.

Think about planting little treasures for your children and grandchildren to find.

"Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land." Song of Songs 2:12