Holly Farrell, 2019
as seen on CanadaPaintings page on Twitter
"Happiness is a warm blanket."
How charming! A pile of blankets. Neatly folded.
I never would have thought to create Art
from such a common household item.
Yet something of the wondrous steals into my soul
when I see this lovely painting by Holly Farrell.
The Canadian artist says nostalgia drives her subject matter,
and still life is her main focus.
Yes, her pile of blankets makes me feel it too—that nostalgia,
that sudden awareness of something unremarkable made remarkable.
Something commonplace and yet so necessary... so very comforting.
Almost I feel a kinship with these blankets:
Who isn't reminded of Hudson Bay's iconic pattern by the one at the top?
I think I once slept beneath velvet plush, maybe even in yellow.
And who hasn't dreamily rubbed satin ribbon bindings between your fingers?
Or felt blue and white flannel cozied against cheeks rosy from coughs and sniffles?
The purple and white check? Oh, now that one is for wrapping 'round
your shoulders on a snowy afternoon, with tea and a good book.
The sturdy cocoa brown one near the bottom surely suits
the building of blanket forts, don't you think?
I never saw so clearly how this ordinary object really is a gift—
of grace and beauty and comfort. I’ll never say it's just a blanket again.
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For more about the artist,
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On that note,
I'm wishing you a cozy, beautiful day.
Top Painting: Holly Farrell
Bottom Graphic: Artist unknown