I took the photo that served as this basis of Milkweed Mystery while on an excursion with my mom at the West Virginia Botanic Garden, one ridge over from my home on Pleasant Hill. Mom was taken by the strong lines in the cluster of common milkweed buds that she found along the road into the gardens and pointed out the photo op. This became one of my mysterious, deep pieces in deference to Mom’s taste in mandala art.
The buds reminded me of tightly clenched fists hiding treasures with, prompting me to write the poem, Fingers Uncurl, to address the untapped potential and beauty that we sometimes hold tightly back from the world.
Enjoy this piece as a high-quality giclee print on Hahnemuhle photo rag paper, beautifully prepared in a slightly ornate bronzed wood frame with acid-free cream mat and UV acrylic glazing. The finished size is 9″ x 11″, including the frame, perfect for filling an intimate wall space or for displaying in a table-top stand. A copy of the original photo and the story of the piece are included on the back.