Quotes from the Garden
When I helped start a garden at my son's school, we plastered quotes around the campus with garden quotes to get students and staff intrigued about the opening.
I used my images and some wise words. Enjoy!
Fall Leaves, the Cycle of Life
Tulip Magnolia Petals
This is the same petal photographed each way. The petal is still folded over as if to reveal yet another beauty secret. Speaking of beauty secret, here's yet another.
Magnolia liliiflora (variously known by many names, including Mulan magnolia, Purple magnolia, Red magnolia, Lily magnolia, Tulip magnolia, Jane magnolia and Woody-orchid) is a small tree native to southwest China, but cultivated for centuries elsewhere in China and also Japan. It was first introduced to English-speaking countries from cultivated Japanese origins, and is thus also sometimes called Japanese magnolia, though it is not native to Japan. source Wikipedia
Coral Tree Yum!
About Erythrina crista-galli
Flowers, leaves and stems found on a Palo Alto tree.
Often known as the cockspur coral tree, native to Argentina, Uruguay, southern Brazil and Paraguay. It is widely planted as a street or garden tree in other countries, notably in California. source Wikipedia.
Creeping Trumpet Vine Pattern
Cow Itch? Hummingbird? Yes!
Campsis radicans trumpet vine or trumpet creeper, also known in North America as cow itch vine or hummingbird vine, is a species of flowering plant of the family Bignoniaceae, native to the eastern United States and naturalized in parts of the western United States as well as in Ontario, parts of Europe, and scattered locations in Latin America.Growing to 10 m (33 ft), it is a vigorous, deciduous woody vine, notable for its showy trumpet-shaped flowers. It inhabits woodlands and riverbanks, and is also a popular garden subject. Source Wikipedia
Monkey Hand Tree
Finding unusual plants makes my day. This one is stange...the image below is the pollen covered stamens taken out of a flower plucked from a large tree. The tree is called the Devil's, monkey's or Mexican hand tree or the hand-flower in English Source Wikipedia
Playing with Pattern
Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. Robert Louis Stevenson
Playing with Pods
Raw Material, seeds still attached to pod
Green Pod Designs
These pods and seed grouping are made from the Australian Blackwood Tree, acacia melanoxylon.
Indigenous Australians derive an analgesic from the tree. I derive an analgesic too, designing with these pods makes me happy!
It is valued commercially for its highly decorative timber which may be used as a cabinet timber, for musical instruments or in boat building. More on Wikipedia...
Brown Pod Pattern
Twilight Garden Tiptoe
If you missed the opportunity to attend our open studio, here is a slice of the night time magic. Here are some daytime photos.
Sneak Peek, Open Studio
Our garden open studio in Berkeley is magical, and will be ready for your viewing pleasure Saturday Sept. 27 & 28.
Come join us in the daytime or for a tiptoe through the lit glass plants and glowing mosaics Saturday evening. I will have one large lit photograph too.
If you missed Family Patterns, there's another opportunity to see it and leave a prayer.
New Design, Brugmansia
How can a flower have so many perspectives? Shown are brugmansia flowers, known commonly as angel's trumpets. See if you can find all 4 perspectives.
Your are cordially invited to attend our rogue garden open studio. I will have matted and framed prints and cards for sale.
See the art in the daytime, or join us for a Twilight Tiptoe through the glowing glass plants and mosaic lanterns on Saturday evening. I will be exhibiting with three other artists:
1000 Fresno Avenue (@ Marin Avenue), Berkeley, 94707
Saturday September 27 11-9
Sunday September 28, 11-5
Directions: take Albany/Buchanan exit off I-80, Buchanan becomes Marin Avenue, drive 2 miles up Marin Avenue, turn right on Fresno Avenue and it is on the corner
I hope to see you there.
How I Build Botanical Patterns
The design at right is made from the leaves of the sweet potato plant - just 2 separate leaves, pictured below. The folded leaf reminds me of the hearts I made in elementary school where you drew half the heart on a folded paper and cut it out.
The process: In Photoshop I carefully select the leaf from its background, that is the sometimes tedious part of my work. Then comes the fun part, I build separate patterns individually, and then put the designs into a larger design until it sings to me. And, I kid you not, when I get a good one the angels sing Hallelujah!