| 02 April, 2016 14:28
Advice from a Sunflower
Advice from a Sunflower: Turn your face to the (Son). Be fruitful in life. Bring joy to others. Don’t be afraid to stand tall and shine.
Clara Johnson’s artwork will be shown at the Dallas Arboretum’s Artscape Event April 22nd to 24th. Johnson, a Texas native and 24 year resident of Midland, moved to East Dallas to be near her only child three years ago. Johnson’s newest artwork, the ‘Advice from a Sunflower’ series, will be featured at Artscape. The series is dedicated to her first grandchild, who is due to be born in April. The inspiration for the series comes from Johnson’s sweet childhood memories of her father and grandfather tending their respective sunflower gardens in the open fields of rural Mississippi. As a child, the sunflowers towered over her, seemed larger than life and filled her with joy. Each time she visited her father’s and grandfather’s gardens, the sunflowers celebrated her homecoming like old friends. Even to this day, when she sees a sunflower, she feels joyful and gets the sense she is being welcomed home. If there are sunflowers along the road when she travels, they assure her she is on the right road, both physically and spiritually. A calm comes over her when sunflowers are growing around her. Just as the sunflower positions itself to face the life giving rays of the sun, Johnson looks to the heavens for spiritual energy from God. The sunflower reminds Johnson that God has this old crazy world in His hands. You might be surprised to know that many other cultures are drawn to sunflowers in much the same way. For example, in Native American culture the sunflower is a symbol of the sun, and is likened to the life giving force of the Great Spirit.
Johnson is a mixed media artist and enjoys working primarily with acrylic pours, collage, silk dye, and watercolor. Her artwork is expressive. She likes to just let the creative juices flow and see what happens. Johnson said, “We are all different so why shouldn’t art be the same way … a little mixed up, a little crazy, but beautiful in its own way. “
By Amy Lewis, March 30, 2016
Artwork by Clara Johnson ‘The Master Bedroom’ www.artbyclarajohnson.com