Art, Gardening, Books, etc.
Thanks to my friend, Mary, I discovered this wonderful book that combines my love of art and gardening. From Art to Landscape: Unleashing Creativity in Garden Design by W. Gary Smith is a treasure trove of inspiration, and all very timely after my recent visits to Winterthur and Longwood Gardens. The photography of gardens Smith has sketched, painted or collaborated on is stunning. The first part of the book focuses on simple techniques artists may use to create personal connections with the landscape which include drawing, painting, sculpture, meditation, poetry and dance. I tried one of his suggestions today which involved taking a sketch book for a walk. I've included a photo of the page referencing this exercise.
|My niece, Carmen, lives near San Diego where wild fires have been raging for days. Although I am dismayed and horrified that these fires were intentionally set, this photo taken at sunset is a beauty. Carmen has such an eye for composition and color.|
|As I mentioned awhile back, I've working working with pastels the last few months. Here is my banana for your viewing pleasure. The colors look good with Carmen's sunset.|