Saturday, March 28, 2009

Spring Blossoms

I think we are all ready for spring! I have had enough of wind and snow, sleet and rain. I am aching for sweetness on the air, and blossoms in the wind.

Spring Blossoms
Oil on Canvas
by Melissa March

Prints and the Original are available for sale today (and tomorrow March 28 &29) at the
Portobello West Market
located at the
Rocky Mountaineer Station


Hanami is the centuries old custom of enjoying flowers, cherry blossoms in particular. In Japan, it is celebrated each spring with feasts and sake beneath the blossoming beauty of the Cherry Tree.

Historically the cherry tree was used to divine the harvest of the year ahead, and to announce the beginning of rice planting season. People believed in the existence of Gods dwelling within the trees, and offerings were made at their roots. Afterwards they themselves would partake, in the offering with sake.

The flowers themselves were seen as a metaphor for life itself, luminous and beautiful yet fleeting and ephemeral.

Look for this print in my Etsy shop and on my website in the next week or so!

All originals are $100 dollars off this weekend only at the market!


  1. Shinto
    They believe all objects (even inorganic-rocks, water etc.)have spirits. I think I'll drink sake under the neighbor's cherry tree this spring.

  2. I think that is a great idea! Perhaps I'll do the same.