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One of my favorite things to do is be outside, noticing the blessings in my day. To me, flowers are a bit of heaven on earth -- they know just how to grow even if I don't know how they do it! Painting and flowers is simply a perfect combination!

To go directly to my shop, click here:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/HandPaintedPetals

I came to painting after a brain injury received in a car accident in January, 2000, and has been a blessing in countless ways. After the accident, my "brain dents" left me unable to read or write. (I prefer the term "brain dents" instead of "brain injury" because it's less frightening and off-putting).

During my rehab, my wonderful husband began to bring me flower magazines so I could look at the “pretty pictures,” which inspired me to learn to…

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  • Female
  • Born on December 28
  • Joined November 6, 2009

Favorite materials

Crystal, Glass, Porcelain, Paper Mache, Wood, Tile, Stationery, acrylic, ceramic, enamel paints

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One of my favorite things to do is be outside, noticing the blessings in my day. To me, flowers are a bit of heaven on earth -- they know just how to grow even if I don't know how they do it! Painting and flowers is simply a perfect combination!

To go directly to my shop, click here:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/HandPaintedPetals

I came to painting after a brain injury received in a car accident in January, 2000, and has been a blessing in countless ways. After the accident, my "brain dents" left me unable to read or write. (I prefer the term "brain dents" instead of "brain injury" because it's less frightening and off-putting).

During my rehab, my wonderful husband began to bring me flower magazines so I could look at the “pretty pictures,” which inspired me to learn to garden. I was particularly drawn to roses, as I felt a spiritual connection to my heart. Sometimes, understanding the directions on the seed packets took longer than planting the seeds. I couldn’t always garden, but simply touching the earth had a very calming effect. At summer’s end, the flowers faded, and I decided to try painting flowers since winter was approaching.

I began slowly and one night, I proudly posted a newly-painted rose on the refrigerator and asked my son what it looked like. When he replied, “It’s a red rose,” I was so excited — just like a kindergartner! Sometimes when I get discouraged from the brain dents, the recurring thought is, “I need to paint.” The creative process and tactile nature of painting has been an important part of my recovery thus far.

In 2005, we discovered that the mile-high altitude in Boulder, Colorado was slowing down my recovery, so we sold our house and business and moved to Texas. Now, we feel at peace and at home in San Diego, closer to family.

At last, I am able to focus on my painting and feel proud yet humble to offer you my "Painted Petals."

As the cartoon character Ziggy said,

“You can complain because roses have thorns, or
You can rejoice because 'thorns' have roses.”

I hope you’ll enjoy my work.

Sheryl

Enter my shop here
http://www.etsy.com/shop/HandPaintedPetals

Visit my other shop, Heartfully Sewn, for lovingly hand-sewn boutique pincushions, cup cozies, stuffed birds, hearts and hanging ornaments!
http://www.etsy.com/shop/HeartfullySewn

And, follow me on
FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hand-Painted-Petals/183903732313
TWITTER @HandPaintPetals
PINTEREST http://pinterest.com/handpaintpetals/boards/

Have a wonderful day and thank you for being here!

Blessings,
Sheryl

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