I am working on some things in my studio, I have been collecting many wonderfully beautiful pods on my nature walks. I also had a wonderful friend who collected some things for me on her walks. I have started to put some sketches and paintings together. I just started working on these pods from a physifolia, which is a eucalyptus that blooms red. It is done in colored pencil and not yet finished.
I love walking with Kylie and Randy. It brings things into a new light, and reminds me how beautiful life is. When I am in the car racing by I never notice the small things like flowers, and who is late mowing their lawns and which trees are blooming and which are sick. It puts me back into contact with my surroundings which is always a good thing. It reminds me of our last home. It was a modest California ranch style house on 1 1/4 acres. We remodeled it and landscaped the whole yard. We worked long hard hours out in our yard most days and all weekend. I loved it, our vegetable gardens , the rose gardens, the knot garden. Although we worked so hard we always did a walk at dusk through the whole yard. Before the sun set, in that warm glow of the last hint of sun we would walk the garden and inspect the plants. It kept us in touch with what needed to be done and which plants were sick or diseased. It was a nightly inspectionsI guess, making sure everything was well cared for before we went to bed. I loved it, I loved the time together with Randy, discussing things. If the sunlight held we would lay in the hammock and wait for it to set. So much dreaming, so much living was done in those walks. We are doing it again, differently, but its still good. This is a seed pod I found which had falled from a magnolia tree, beautiful to say the least.