Today I’m sharing some quick sketches I did in my new sketchbook.
At the Harvard University Harvard Art Museums Forbes Pigment Collection, many of the world’s rarest hues are preserved. Just don’t ask Narayan Khandekar, director of the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, what his favorite color is.
The materials collection, at the Harvard Art Museums in Cambridge, MA, houses thousands of pigments, including some of the world’s rarest. Dragon’s blood, mummy, Indian yellow: these are but a few flashy highlights from the museum’s collection
Edward Forbes began what is known as the Forbes Pigment Collection after acquiring a decayed Renaissance painting in 1899, embarking on a path that shaped art conservation in America. Read about the legacy of the Harvard Art Museums pigment collection via Artnet news: http://hvrd.me/MkIf300QWc8
I miss my mother.
I hear her voice
When I spread a project
When I lose my keys
When my strength needs support
When my floors need cleaning
When the cat jumps on the counter
When the store is crowded
I want to talk to her
When I climb the ruins or the mountain
When I stand alone
When my work is published
When my husband is amazing
When that dress is perfect
When that storm blows in
I want to lay on her bed and talk for hours
When I need to be alone
When I don’t know what to do
When my hairs turn grey
When my vacation was something special
When the world is not my home
When the stories flow
I want to send her pictures
When I walk through the garden
When I travel the world
When my garden actually grows
When my project works
When the museum has a show
When the world is worth showing off
I see her face
When I need her strength
When I need her smile
When my life takes a turn
When my peace is hard to hold
When that bitterness rises
When that joy in life is there
I miss my mother
When I wake up
When I drive
When my day is done
When my friends are hard to find
When that little bit is just not enough
When the table is set
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.
If you know me at all, you know I love cars, motorcycles, engines, and anything related. I love the feel of a powerful engine, the unique sound of an unusual engine, the special quirks of rare mechanical and the function of a well engineered machine. I love the art, the style, the engineering, the mechanics, and the the dirty details. I work on them, caress them, listen to them, admire them, and covet them. From Ducati to Norton, Bugatti to Edsel I love good design and quality work.
This past week my husband and I, who is a fellow admirer went to the Houston Fine Arts Museum to visit an exhibit of Art Deco cars. These were taken with my Fire phone, not the good camera from work.
These were taken with my phone not a good camera, but it was a good night at the Rodeo. There were good rides in all the competitions and notable ones in several. One notable ride was notable not for it’s spectacular or brilliant nature but rather for it’s lack thereof. The bull, 3 tries in a row refused to do anything. He just stood there looking around when they opened the gate. The cowboy received a new bull to ride.
Kid rock was entertaining and puts on a fun show. He looks like he is enjoying himself.
This second part of our trip recently was not my favorite stop. We hoped to go snorkeling but weather prevented it and I just did not care for the city that much or the area around it that we visited. Honduras had great warm weather and Cozumel was great once we left the pier area that doesn’t really look as much like you are in Mexico , it is a tourist spot. But there just really wasn’t much of interest here in Belize City for me.
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.
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.