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The Changes a week can make in the Garden.

This is one week. I will have more of after the water receded and everything is cleared up soon. The week¬†shown is from midweek to midweek. It started with great light on new growth and fresh blooms and then we flooded. The river you see is actually the same area shown in the larger image just down and to the right….some distance from the actual stream. After, you see the wildflowers have come out and things are standing back up in stages like the poppies almost back up.

Klein Private Nurseries part 2

In order to continue this selection of images, I will make a few comments. One of the things I love about his garden and his nurseries is that things mix together and grow as they will not in perfectly coiffed arrangements. The overall result is amazing beautiful, and serene. An amazing private retreat, this is a collection to rival any I have seen. So far we have only looked at the dry nursery and the variety, color, texture, and interest is amazing.

This first agave you see, for example, fades from green on one side to blue on the other all with great form and even markings. Plants that look like they want to eat you rest beside proper little guys with their legs crossed or bright flashy friends nearby IT is a sensory pleasure to wander a private retreat filled with life from around the world.

Klein Nurseries part 1

Several weeks ago, David Klein invited John Fairey and I to visit his garden and nurseries. This is the first set of images from that trip. The man in the picture is John Fairey, founder of Peckerwood Garden and someone I am honored to work with. I learn every day from him about plants, photography, art, and more, he is a pleasure to work with and fascinating to talk to. I hope Mr Klein enjoyed having us as much as we enjoyed being there, his place is amazing and was great fun from getting stuck in the mud to seeing the growing eucalyptus collection, and wandering 2 amazing nurseries.

This set is all from the desert nursery. and I have many more from there. His collection is interesting, entertaining, and how he has built the nurseries was very interesting to me. The plants are all mixed together in a spectacular array of color, line, shape, texture, and height. Extremely rare specimen stand proud or peak out from under something that just appealed to the eye or other senses with its interesting shape, behavior, or coloring.

Thank you David for a great day and for allowing me to photograph your nurseries and show the pictures.

Planning, Preparation, and Plants

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I really like long views through openings or pathways in the garden to a dreamland, many were years in growing into place.
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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 some great blooms but they are not the focus here, they are a great way to practice focus and light and framing however.
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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.
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This panel series of paintings is based on these concepts and on this garden as well as the images and styles from Buddhism.
He was very right in his comment the other day that I should work on capturing the dreamlike state in these framed vistas.
John was very right in his comment the other day that I should work on capturing the dreamlike state in these framed vistas.

Magnolia Abstract Impressionist

I have been again taking pictures but I have done a new painting, a new mixed media and have the base sketches done for the 4 panel painting set I am starting. I will need new paint to do those and a larger space than I have right this minute.

Mixed Media Magnolia
Mixed Media Magnolia
Tree in My yard beginning to bloom
Tree in My yard beginning to bloom

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Acrylic orchid in process
Acrylic orchid in process
From Peckerwood Garden
From Peckerwood Garden
Magnolia
Magnolia

Peckerwood Gardens in March

Well this week has given us about 1000 new photographs and a series of sketches and tests for a set of larger paintings I bought canvases for this weekend. I will come back and add plant names and comments on these after I ask someone from Peckerwood Garden where I work what the plant names are. The several varieties of magnolia, agave, and azalea were heavily featured in the most recent set of images.

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