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The Denver Botanic Gardens

Finding Inner Peace With Flower Painting

My fiancee has turned me onto all kinds of things I normally wouldn't give a second glance. Like her ragdoll cat that I'm now in love with. Anyway, one Saturday...
... We had nothing to do, so my fiancee (Molly) takes us to the Denver Botanic Gardens with all of her painting gear. She hands me a canvas - a small one about 4x6 inches - and tells me to go find a flower or plant to paint. I'm more of a craftsman than an artist but it's always good to get out of your comfort zone.
By the way, the Denver Botanic Gardens have some very dope blown-glass sculptures. Just looking at them makes me feel creative. So I wandered around for a bit and found an orchid to paint. She had acrylic paint, which is easy to use - you just need water to thin it out sometimes. My painting wasn't great but...
... it wasn't really about the painting itself. It was about just doing something different than binge-watching a show. I sat there painting the flower as visitors milled around me...
... and I just kind of got into a peaceful zone. It was almost like meditating, sitting there studying this flower.
Blown glass sculpture
Blown glass sculpture
I love the pond there
I love the pond there
I painted an orchid
I painted an orchid
The Asian garden
The Asian garden
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Botanic Gardens
These purple shoots are so cool
These purple shoots are so cool
How can you not feel peaceful here?
How can you not feel peaceful here?
“Get in a peaceful zone as you focus on the flower's details.”
Doesn't even feel like Denver
Doesn't even feel like Denver
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