A new 4 week class has begun with the Digital Art Academy focused on painting street scenes. We were all given the same reference image and allowed total artistic flexibility in how we developed our paintings from the image. It was wonderful to see the range of artistic expression amongst all in the class. Off course no one else painted people in different clothing nor created duotone paintings. I think I have been watching too many historic European movies.
If all continues according to my plans, this will be my last summer in my current gardens.
What a journey it has been from the 6 acre working farm environment I found
to the charming and romantic gardens which I created here. This image was taken from
the same spot as the one above it several years later. More than 50 weddings have taken place in the
gardens. Garden groups came from far and wide. So many summer parties have been hosted in these gardens and it
has served as a venue for many non profit and political events. Ultimately it became my portrait park with it’s many
beautiful vignettes against which to create interesting and beautiful portrait backgrounds.
The blind and the hearing impaired came to touch the large foliage, of the Pedicides (sp),
and the soft fuzzy foliage of the lambs ear, the prickles of the many specimen conifers.
There is the sweet fragrance of honeysuckle and roses.The garden has been shown on HGTV’S
“The Good Life”. Alas for me it is a work of art complete. People ask me how I can leave it.
It is actually not hard. I evolved into an artist in this garden. I am ready to move on.
So much of my time is now spent in front of a computer creating other forms of art which I love.
All is good.
As I exited the Bistro, one of my favorite restaurants in all the Northwest, I heard myself exclaim a WOW!
I was looking across at Liberty Bay. The sun was lowering, now, rapidly in the sky. It had been raining but the sun came out to say it’s goodbye for the day and what a spectacle it made.
I am so fortunate to live in one of the most beautiful areas of this country.