This morning I was visiting with my BFF and fellow artist Trish and was reminded, as I am every time I visit her house, that she has the most AMAZING garden! And when I’m there I find myself remarking on all the beautiful things I see. In fact, her garden has been the source of many of my paintings.
I live vicariously through this garden, especially after I sold my house and have been dealing with rental gardens. I decided that the world needed to see just how amazing this place is. Of course I have a thing for succulents and well, this garden is full of them! I’m often lucky enough to get cuttings and I’ve donated a few of my agave pups to the garden. But what makes this garden is not just the plants…its the love. Trish imbues the magic into it. It doesn’t happen by accident.
The hummingbirds flock to the many feeders she provides, even the squirrels get fed apple cores that she places atop the walls, the bees get rescued daily from danger whether it be the pool or her herding me to the side so I don’t accidentally step on it. She puts cayenne pepper in the front garden to keep the dogs from doing their business in her garden. I admire her total love for nature. Today she educated me on cruelty-free products and was truly appalled that I was so uninformed! I learn from her every day. I enjoy all our “dates”, I’m lucky to have such a great friend!
She inspires me…the garden inspires me and I hope it makes you feel good too! Enjoy…
Disclaimer: My photos don’t do this place the justice it deserves but I’m sure you’ll still enjoy it! 🙂
The month of December proved to be a popular one for agave paintings. I painted this commission of a blue agave for a collector in Scottsdale. My largest one yet at 36″ x 60″. I have to say I was a little sad to send it off not having gotten much time to enjoy it myself. But alas, I make paintings so others can enjoy them so off it went!
Just before Christmas I sold my Blue Agave Family painting to a native plant lover from LA’s Westside. Its always exciting to be found through Google – ahhh, the power of the internet! I couldn’t have been happier to deliver it to it’s new gorgeous home.
Because this painting had been hanging over my fireplace for me to enjoy, I had to replace it before the company arrived for the holidays! I found the largest canvas I had and painted a replacement, finishing just 2 hours before throwing a holiday party. Whew! I couldn’t bare the thought of a wall devoid of art so I painted this 30″ x 40″ foxtail agave alla prima!
If this is any indication of whats to come, 2012 will continue the agave trend as I gear up to paint more of this series. A few of my agave paintings have been selected for Margaret Danielak’s upcoming show “Red” at the Pasadena Women’s City Club. The opening reception will be Thursday, February 9th from 6-9 pm. 160 N. Oakland Avenue -Pasadena, CA 91101
I’m pleased to have 3 of my paintings included in Margaret Danielak‘s latest art exhibition “A Touch of Gold” which will be on view from August 1 through October 31, 2011.
Fifty six paintings by eighteen California-based artists will be featured at “A Touch of Gold,” the fall art exhibition of The Women’s City Club of Pasadena. The “Touch of Gold” exhibition features the work of artists Scottie Brown, Barbara Davidson, Lee Edwards, Julie Hill, Olga Kaczmar, Anna Kelly, Athena Mantle, Beverly Lazor, Robin Neudorfer, Ferial Nassirzadeh, Kate Moriarty, Terry Romero Paul, Julie Snyder, Carol Steinberg, Diana Stewart, Beth Summers, Trice Tolle and John Paul Thornton.
The reception is Thursday, August 11 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public. The Women’s City Club of Pasadena is located at 160 N. Oakland Avenue in Pasadena. Free parking is accessible behind the building from Madison Avenue.
The Women’s City Club of Pasadena is open for art viewing Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. During the run of the exhibition, Curator Margaret Danielak will be on hand for special viewing hours on Fridays from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. and by appointment. In addition, courses in art marketing and art collecting will be offered.