Poppy is sleeping still - jet lag big time. Above all else, I was taken back with the plant life! If you are inspired by plants they are everywhere and in all colors, shapes, sizes & succulents galore! There were so many I did not know what to paint.
The trees made me SMILE!I must have looked a big squirrley myself, standing at he base hugging, feeling and looking up into the magnificent trunks. Leaves I've never seen, touched and even tasted - it would be a reason I will say to many "Go see California!" I'm told it's like this YEAR round. Everyone would agree the plant life is something to see.
Sadly- literally the afternoon before I left a woman told me about Crown Valley botanical garden! GO see it if you get to Orange County & tell me what it was like.
Everyday was an adventure on our walk! I carried something back with me each time- to paint, smell and explore... I wished I could start my own collection of seed pods - tiny alien cases waiting to let loose new life & blooms. Colors which would stimulate until I leaned in for a smell and in most cases the thoughts of heaven came to mind.. this must be what it would smell like. I picked a tiny bloom and tossed it in my purse only to be reminded when the entire room smelled of it later. Below are a few of my favourite photos some I am painting and adding into other works.
As an artist there is nothing like your own custom reference library for in what is in my own mind 'my next perfect composition.' Going to California for these photos, experiencing it first hand was a dream come true. Follow your dreams!
I made a promise - as I am blessed I''ll continue to say 'Yes' to adventure!
Be it in on a plane or in a new plant discovery.
Time to paint! It makes me feel warm just thinking about it.