Hello dear friends~
Traveling heightens my senses on so many levels. I become aware of both the similarities and differences of my surroundings and always relate that back to what I know, which is my home in New England. Because my art work is often inspired by nature I am particularly aware of what is happening in my garden as the seasons change. When I traveling I tend to look at what is blooming around me and am particularly delighted when I find things I haven’t seen before like GIANT succulents and trees that I have no name for.
Arriving in San Francisco filled me with giddy anticipation for what was I was to do and see. I soaked in the newness of it all from the first moment I arrived. As you know I was visiting my good friend Marlene. I met Marlene in grad school (just like Tina) and we taught together at Holderness. She had always talked about her beautiful Oakland garden and how special it was, but I had no idea just how gorgeous it would be until I got there. EVERYTHING was a feast for the eye! I was especially impressed with her roses, as I no nothing about growing roses myself. There were SO many gorgeous shades of soft yellow, pinks and lavender! To say I was enchanted is an understatement. I was enthralled! I was treated to the “guest house” which used to be Marlene’s studio. It the cutest little bungalow overlooking the garden through two sets of doors and light filled windows. Aaahh, I can still smell the sweet scent of jasmine tickling my nose in the morning…
I had such a good time in California and want to thank Marlene (& Elana too!) for giving me such a warm welcome and making me feel right at home! You guys are THE BEST! I have many more adventures to share with you including a peek into Marlene’s groovy studio at the HIVE! More soon…xoLaura