I’m Jonalyn, watercolor painter and author. As an artist, I am always looking for thoughtful cards that will be cherished beyond the initial read. As an author, I prefer handwritten cards, our penmanship, even mymessy scrawl, says so much about who we are. So, with my watercolor training, I created a card line for my tradition of letter-writing and sending.
The Flowers, and later Bird Collection is my way to express the way beauty flares up and then is gone. My paintings are a capture of that moment of full bloom. My paintings are inspired by vintage botanicals but also by my love for the impressionists.
My personal card collection has grown into a small business. Printed on 80 pound cream card stock here in my hometown of Exeter, New Hampshire, the paper remains my favorite surface to write my own letters. Each card includes a paragraph (on the back), the story behind the painting. You might enjoy reading one, here’s the “Sweet Pea Story”.
When wehad three corgis, I would call them my “sweet peas”. Then, we had our first boy. The corgis followed him around and I started to call him my “Sweet Pea”. Now, the corgis have all died. We miss them, but my Sweet Pea is now 12 and he remembers them. I painted these sweet peas in honor of them all. In the Victorian times, when people knew flowers had meanings, a guest would give a sweet pea to say “Thank you for a wonderful time.”
I get so much encouragement from re-reading beautifully written and carefully chosen cards. When a loved one dies and I can still read their words, written by their hand, it’s like I can better remember them. I am honored that my cards are a part of that enduring tradition of stepping across time and space to write to those we love.