joy and more imaginary traveling

Hello. How are things with you, today? Are you finding joy around you right now? It's a good question for me, too. A reminder to pay attention to now. My hot coffee. My cozy studio. But I have to be honest. I haven't been very good at being in the moment lately. This weather is wearing on me.

I miss the sunshine. And so, as I sit in my studio painting, my mind is traveling. Visiting here

Chicago Botanic Garden, brick path, archway, Anne Butera, My Giant Strawberry

garden, chicago botanic gardens, My Giant Strawberry, Anne Butera

and dreaming about this

David Austin, A Shropshire Lad, English Roses, Anne Butera, My Giant Strawberry

and then taking me on a stroll through here

Garfield Park Conservatory, Anne Butera, My Giant Strawberry

before stopping to say hi to them.

koi pond, koi, goldfish, My Giant Strawberry, Anne Butera

I guess there are worse ways of being unfocused. Although, in truth I'm not unfocused. While my mind is visiting gardens and sniffing roses I'm also doing this.

roses, watercolor, painting, Anne Butera, My Giant Strawberry

Joyful. Beautiful. Focused. In the moment and not. I can't be too hard on myself. Being in the moment requires constant practice. And joy is joy. Where it comes from doesn't really matter to me.

So, wherever you are (physically or mentally) and whatever you're doing, I hope you're finding joy. And I'm sending some love your way.

watercolor, paint, heart, Anne Butera, My Giant Strawberry

Pass it on.


  1. Sending love your way too Anne. Your blog is always a joy and the flower paintings are vibrant and stunning. I hope the sun soon breaks through for you.

    1. Thanks so much, Simone, your comment brightened my day.

      We did get sun yesterday for a bit. It's amazing how my mood changed, like the flip of a switch.

  2. Snowing agin here in VT! Gorgeous, beautiful snow. But it has been grey for days and so your colorful post has been pretty to see. xo

    1. I wish we'd get some of that. Tiny snowflakes in the air, but all the snow on the ground has melted. Wondering if we'll have a white Christmas this year.

  3. My mind has been wandering to sunnier times, too. Beautiful roses!

    1. Thank you, Laurie. It's hard to keep from thinking of flowers when we don't have them in our gardens. Nice to get a little flowery vacation on your blog, too.

  4. Your flower paintings are absolutely magical, Anne. I always feel joyful when I visit your space!

    1. Judy, it brings ME so much joy to be able to brighten your day! Thank you.


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