|©Rachel Klecker Clegg, Stalks of Corn, 24x12", oil on canvas|
Inspiration came as the result of watching corn grow in our garden which we had planted off our back deck. I had started to work from home in those days and was enjoying a break in the day under a bright sun on the back deck. From there, I could look up at the corn blossoms. That's when I noticed - bees. They were dancing and gathering pollen from the flowers and as they did, some pollen would fall down and gather in the stalks. Now, I grew up in central Ohio, a place blanketed by corn fields. I have seen landscapes dominated by corn but, I had never seen it from this perspective. This was more than seeing. This was the first time I witnessed the alchemy of nature relative to stalks of corn. This was a revealing of the magic that flows through all things. It was beautiful.