Springtime is busy when you work in a garden but it is also a great time for Photographic experience. I have a series of paintings on panel canvases I have been planning. I photographed and sketched for a week or two and then I did the drawings for the 4 paintings. I have now done the base drawing on the canvases, although it did not photograph well.
I have also done many, many new photographs and a couple small pieces I have not photographed yet. We are having our Spring Open Days at work and I have been planning and organizing those events as well as the other work and that is also a creative project.
John Fairey, founder at Peckerwood Garden has a new project for me to work on with my photography that both shows the garden well and is helping me a lot.
The invitation into another world or a dreamlike state is the current practice from John.
John has blended colors, shapes, lines, tones, lighting, smells, wind patters, and more to create this place that is amazing to photograph.
The framing of the vistas to draw you further than you can see really appeals to me.
I really like long views through openings or pathways in the garden to a dreamland, many were years in growing into place.
The sudden spots of brilliance or an amazing shape of a rare plant or well placed plant is part of the charm of Peckerwood Garden.
We have some great blooms but they are not the focus here, they are a great way to practice focus and light and framing however.
We have had quite a lot of visitors lately and they have offered a new range of photographic experience and a new view of Peckerwood Garden.
This panel series of paintings is based on these concepts and on this garden as well as the images and styles from Buddhism.
John was very right in his comment the other day that I should work on capturing the dreamlike state in these framed vistas.