Art Adventures

Ahhh…February. A sign that spring is around the bend. I don’t know about you, but I feel a sense of hope. Winter might (might…) be ebbing. February is hope and romance. Valentine’s day. What images and smells come to mind when you think of February? Chocolate? Roses? Can you smell it? Close your eyes and imagine.

For Valentine’s day this year, I painted a special piece, a work that expresses hope, joy, and love. Something we need to remember. When asked about what Valentine’s Day means to me, a word came to mind.


Definition, 1) take or clasp in the arms; press to the bosom; hug; 2) to take or receive gladly or eagerly; accept willingly, to embrace an idea; 3) to avail oneself of: to embrace an opportunity. 4) to adopt (a profession, a religion, etc.): to embrace Buddhism; 5) to encircle; surround; enclose.
Such a wonderful word. And, especially, I believe, at a time right now when there is much anger and discontentment among many in our nation. Embrace. Remember to embrace each other. Do not focus so much on division, but inclusion.
To illustrate that feeling, this painting invites you in and envelops you in a luscious bouquet of flowers, of overflowing blossoms, engulfing your senses with petals; a deeply floral, earthy scent. Bury yourself in the blooms and feel the embrace of the bouquet. Carry that sense with you today and share it with those around you.
Embrace, 20x16, original watercolor painting on Plexiglas

Embrace, 20×16, original watercolor painting on Plexiglas


This painting will be in our new group show at Tumalo Art Company. The show is entitled “The Joy of Everyday Things”,  and is tied in with Bend’s Joy Project #bendjoyproject.

Enjoy the new work, and find it and other paintings of mine at Tumalo Art Company, Hood Avenue Art, and other venues. The Source and other new work is currently installed at North Soles Footwear in downtown Bend, OR.

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2 Responses to “Embrace”

  1. Claudia Wiggins


    Stacia and I are excited for your class. I have watercolors to bring and not sure of what else.

    I love your Valentine! Claudia Wiggins


    • sbhansen2014

      Hi Claudia! I thought I sent an email your way with the class contract and a materials list. So sorry if it didn’t get to you! SO HAPPY you get to come to my class!!I’ll send today! 🙂



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